Monday, January 25, 2016

Conte Candoli - Sincerely, Conti

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

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Conte Candoli
Sincerely, Conti


1 Fine and Dandy (James, Swift)  3:14
2 Night Flight (Candoli)  2:38
3 I Can't Get Strated (Duke, Gershwin)  2:59
4 On the Alamo (Duke, Gershwin)  2:55
5 Tune for Tex (Taylor)  3:07
6 They Can't Take that Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:14
7 Everything Happens to Me (Dennis, Adair)  2:47
8 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Raye, Johnston)  2:32


Conte Candoli - tp
Claude Williamson - p
Max Bennett - b
Stan Levey - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; November 20, 1954

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neil said...

Thought I knew of most of his early stuff, but not this one, mel; many thanks...

Michel said...

Mel, your collection is the best of what appeared on the internet since its birth. Thank will always be too little for their generosity.

Otis Foster said...

What Neil said.


fcapeau said...

They all and their generation made Jazz west coast History ! Many thanks, Malanchthon.

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rubberduck said...

many thanks

headman said...

Any chance of a new link for this one Mel? It's one I've been looking for for some time now.

Power said...

Time allows can you re upload this set thanks............

deGallo said...

Thank you. Wonderful!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you Mel.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

chemuski said...

Mel... you are the Greatest.... I love this.. Many thanks !!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mel,
it's possible to re-up the links.
thanks for all!