Pete Candoli

Blues, When Your Lover Has Gone

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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.

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