Considering his long career, trumpeter Pete Candoli has led relatively few sessions. He did cut four albums from 1959-1961, but has only headed one set since then. This out-of-print but worthy LP features Candoli with fellow L.A.-based studio players (trombonist Milt Bernhart, tenor saxophonist Ted Nash, pianist Jimmy Rowles, guitarist Al Hendrickson, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Shelly Manne). Although ostensibly a program of blues, half of the songs are merely bluesy rather than actual blues. Candoli sounds fine and is heard in prime form throughout the relaxed set.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow