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Conte Candoli: Sincerely, Conte

Read "Sincerely, Conte" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

On the old Tonight Show (as in Carson, not Leno, much less Parr), I once remember “Conte Candoli unwinding a great solo on “King Porter Stomp." No surprise, I guess, for a guy who cut his teeth with the big bands of the late 1940s. But as he went into his second chorus, he quoted “Epistrophy," whose juxtaposition, as I recall, killed me. “Where did that come from?" But I guess it made sense, because Candoli was a bopper at ...

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Conte Candoli/Max Roach: Jazz Structures

Read "Jazz Structures" reviewed by Rico Cleffi

The inclusion of Max Roach's name on the cover of Jazz Structures is somewhat disingenuous. Upon opening the CD insert, we're informed that Max Roach appears on only four out of eighteen tracks. This information was conspicuously absent from the back cover, where a potential buyer would look to see if a disc's worth spending hard-earned cash on. Jazz Structures is a reissue of two of Howard Rumsey's “Light House All Stars discs. The first, 1957's Drummin' the ...

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Conte Candoli: Live at Birdland Neuberg

Read "Live at Birdland Neuberg" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Conte Candoli had many loves in his life, especially wife Kristen, their “menagerie” (four cats, two dogs, three desert tortoises, assorted chickens and a pond full of fish, turtles and frogs) and a modest but charming home in Palm Springs, CA. Most of all, Conte loved to play the trumpet and would go almost anywhere to do that, in this case Birdland (not in New York City but Neuberg, Germany) where he leads an able–bodied quartet on this lively and ...

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Conte Candoli: Candoli Live at Birdland Neuburg

Read "Candoli Live at Birdland Neuburg" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Don’t forget the Candoli...

Secundo “Conte" Candoli (1927—2001) probably appeared as a sideman on twenty times the recordings he made as a leader. A member of Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd as well as Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, Candoli broke out to become one of the most sought after trumpeters recording. His resume supports this. He spent the majority of his career as a member of Doc Severinsen’s Tonight Show Band, where he worked from 1969 to 1992, when he and Johnny ...


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