Little Band, Big Jazz
  • Conte Candoli
    Conte Candoli
  • BUddy Collette
    BUddy Collette

Conte Candoli

Little Band, Big Jazz

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Conte Candoli (tp, arr), Buddy Collette (ts), Vince Guaraldi (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Stan Levey (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1629

Bar code: 8427328616294

For the first time on CD

Opportunities to lead his own record date have been surprisingly rare through the years for the talented bop trumpeter Conte Candoli. This obscure LP is one of only two albums Candoli headed during 1958-1984! Candoli teams up with other West Coast players of the era (tenor saxophonist Buddy Collette, pianist Vince Guaraldi, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Stan Levey) for six of his fairly basic originals including such numbers as "Muggin' the Minor," "Mambo Diane" and "Countin' the Blues."

—Jordi Pujol

01. Muggin' the Minor (Conte Candoli) 4:04
02. Mambo Diane (Conte Candoli) 4:58
03. Countin' the Blues (Conte Candoli) 5:02
04. Zizanie (Conte Candoli) 3:58
05. Macedonia (Candoli-Guaraldi) 5:08
06. Little David (Candoli-Guaraldi) 5:32

Album details

Originally issued as 12-inch Stereo album Crown CLP 5162

Conte Candoli (trumpet), Buddy Collette (tenor sax), Vince Guaraldi (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Stan Levey (drums).
Recorded in Hollywood February 3, 1960

Original liner notes: John Marlo
Cover photo by Joseph Tauber
Cover design: Hobco Arts

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo • Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discográficas S.L.

Press reviews

Best-known as the trumpet section leader in Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band, Conte Candoli was a fine all-around jazz stylist most at home in the worlds of bop and West Coast cool jazz. Younger by four years than his similarly accomplished trumpet-playing brother Pete, Conte was born Secondo Candoli in Mishawaka, IN, on July 12, 1927. He first patterned himself after players like Harry James, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie, later discovering Miles Davis and Clifford Brown. His first job came at age 16, when brother Pete recommended him for a summer gig with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd; after graduating high school, he joined full-time. He went on to play with several other bands, including Stan Kenton, whom he left in 1954 to form his own band. After leading some recording dates, he soon found a more comfortable existence, moving to Los Angeles and taking session jobs in between gigs with Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars. After about four years, he left in 1960 to work with drummer Shelly Manne, while he and Pete both enjoyed top-dog status in the L.A. session community. In 1968, Candoli took a part-time gig with the Tonight Show Band and joined permanently in 1972, when the show officially moved to Burbank. During the '70s, he was also a member of Supersax, among other L.A. all-star outfits, and also continued his periodic collaborations with his brother. Candoli retired from the Tonight Show along with Johnny Carson in 1992, and continued to play until a battle with cancer slowed his activities. Candoli died in a convalescent home on December 14, 2001.

Steve Huey -All Music Guide


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Little Band, Big Jazz

Bought this in 1960 from a grocery store for 99 cents, and just played it again today. Good west coast jazz, great buy.

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