Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Conte Candoli & Lou Levy - West Coast Wailers

Trumpeter Conte Candoli and pianist Lou Levy had only occasional opportunities to work as leaders before this 1955 session they recorded together for Atlantic Records. Both made the most of the chance, fronting a quintet that also included tenor saxophonist Bill Holman, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Lawrence Marable. The group got out of the gate quickly (following a contemplative piano intro, that is) on a quickstep bop reading of the Sigmund Romberg operetta tune "Lover Come Back to Me," which quickly established that a commonplace of jazz ensembles would hold — no matter whose name is in large print on the cover, it's the group that's performing, and other people will get their chance to shine, too. While the rhythm section contented itself with supporting (though Marable often made his drums noticeable), Holman got more solo time than his sideman credit would indicate, at least on this track. Levy and Candoli got to make their statements up front, of course, but this was really a five-headed beast and, from the sound of forceful bop compositions like Candoli's "Pete's Alibi," it's one that should have been given more of a hearing than just one album.
William Ruhlmann

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/west-coast-wailers-r136345

Conte Candoli 
Lou Levy
West Coast Wailers


1 Lover, Come Back to Me (Hammerstein, Romberg)  8:18
2 Comes Love (Brown, Stept, Tobias)  4:17
3 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  3:37
4 Pete's Alibi (Candoli)  3:27
5 Cheremoya (Holman)  5:53
6 Jordu (Jordan)  4:59
7 Flamingo (Anderson, Grouya)  5:25
8 Marcia Lee (Candoli)  4:52


Conte Candoli - tp
Bill Holman - ts
Lou Levy - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Lawrence Marable - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; August 16 & 17, 1955


greenishthing said...

Many thanks! Lou Levy is one of my heroes :-DDD

wil said...

This makes me very happy. Thanks

Anonymous said...

This is brilliant - really enjoying revisiting some of this stuff!


Groovin High said...

I love following Lou Levy's career. He started off sounding like Horace and ended up sounding like Bill, but always had his own sound. A solid player who should be better known.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again !! Christophe

Davidscott789 said...

Thank you!

birin said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.
Lou Levy siempre es bienvenido!

Frank Dell said...

Used to see Lou Levy at the Washbag in San Fran back in the day. Sometimes Getz would stop by the blow a few songs. Saw Lou with Supersax, as well. I digs me Lou Levy. Thank you for the stellar record.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

danair said...

Thank you very much Mel.

Bangkok said...

A very nice find. Thank you!

fcapeau said...

These kind of session entered the History ! many thanks, Mel.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for this nice session, Mel!

Anonymous said...

thank you !

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias

Mike said...

Starting the new year right! Thank you.

lucky5 said...

Thank you, Mel.
I wish you a happy and healthy New Year
and lots of great Jazz music to come!

musician3 said...

AMAZING..........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

ProfessorCalculus said...

Forgot to thank first time around..better late than never. THANKS

Kovina Kris said...

This is quite obscure to me but I look forward to hearing it. Thank you very much Mel!

Melanchthon said...