Monday, July 11, 2016

Conte Candoli - Little Band, Big Jazz

Five of Los Angeles' best musicians of 1960, all veterans of the cool jazz scene, are featured on this CD reissue. While the solos are excellent, trumpeter Conte Candoli's six originals (two co-written with pianist Vince Guaraldi) are not particularly memorable. Their chord structures are comfortable for the musicians but none of the melodies will be remembered after the CD ends. Another minus is the brief playing time (under 29 minutes) which makes one wish that the music (originally on a long out of print Crown LP) had been combined with another complementary set. What is here is fine but overall Little Band, Big Jazz, despite the fine playing of Candoli, Guaraldi, tenor saxophonist Buddy Collette, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Stan Levey, falls short of being essential.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Conte Candoli
Little Band, Big Jazz


1 Muggin' the Minor (Candoli)  4:04
2 Mambo Diane (Candoli)  4:58
3 Countin' the Blues (Candoli)  5:02
4 Zizanie (Candoli)  3:58
5 Macedonia (Candoli, Guaraldi)  5:08
6 Little David (Candoli, Guaraldi)  5:32


Conte Candoli - tp
Buddy Collette -  ts
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Vince Guaraldi - p
Stan Levey - dr

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; February 3, 1960


Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for all, Melanchthon!

itr said...

Great! Many thanks, Mel.

dupont said...

Great !! Thanks !!

AmyBRAINS said...

Great Candoli!!
Many thanks, Mekanchthon

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

John Pickworth said...

Mamy thanks !

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

cvllos said...

An absolutely new to me!
Thanks too much, Melanchthon, and have a glorious & healthy New Year, you & family!!!

fcapeau said...

A good example of Conte's work at that time, and .... what a combo ! Many thanks Mel

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Frasco said...

Thank you very much, wonderful share!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for the re-up, Mel! I lost this one in a HD crash shortly after I found it here last time. Very glad to have it back in my collection.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Very nice.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

rev.b said...

Short and sweet. For an albums that's "not particularly memorable", I certainly listen to it a lot! Thx Mel.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thannk you for this one.

DEEP said...

Also released as Jazz Masquerade. Same cover but no personnel ID.
Same cover but they all had masks on.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Super your flac files.
Thank you very much

Kovina Kris said...

Despite Mr. Yanow's lukewarm review, I look forward to hearing this. Thank you!