Conte Candoli

Coast to Coast

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For over 40 years, Conte Candoli was one of the major bebop trumpeters based in Los Angeles. He recorded in a countless number of settings, but not all that often as a leader. Coast to Coast is a perfectly conceived two-CD set that has all of his recordings as a leader from his early days. There are two numbers with his short-lived Chicago band of 1954 (which includes tenor-saxophonist Ira Sullivan), originally released as a single for the Chance label. Candoli's two Bethlehem albums are here, along with a quartet date with pianist Claude Williamson, and a quintet outing with tenor-saxophonist Bill Holman (an underrated improviser who became a full-time arranger) and pianist Lou Levy. The same group is heard on a rare album originally put out by Atlantic and the final four numbers, only previously out on samplers, were recorded for Epic. Throughout these historic and very musical dates, Candoli stakes his claim as a major bop trumpeter of the 1950s who was underrated due to settling on the West Coast. Highly recommended.

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