Robert Conti

Comin' on Strong

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Robert Conti is a talented bebop-oriented guitarist who is fond of playing high-powered solos at fast tempos. On this obscure CD from the defunct Time Is label, Conti (44 at the time and making his debut recording as a leader) teams up with pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Andy Simpkins, and drummer Carl Burnett on four standards (highlighted by "I'll Remember April" and "Bluesette") and five of his originals including songs titled "The Rookie Bookie," "The Shylock," and "Death by Chops: Dis'll Do It." The results are quite enjoyable, making this a CD worth searching for by straight-ahead jazz collectors.

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