Conte Candoli

Old Acquaintance

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Trumpeter Conte Candoli and altoist Phil Woods make for a perfect team on this set, which has unfortunately only been released on LP by the now-defunct Pausa label. In addition to the principals, the sextet includes vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake, pianist Terry Trotter, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Bill Goodwin; singer Sandi Shoemake makes a cameo appearance for a chorus of "Don't Worry About Me." The music is essentially modern bebop with such tunes as Bud Powell's "Wail," Fats Navarro's "Nostalgia" and "Just You, Just Me" alternating with a few recent obscurities. Everyone plays up-to-par during what was one of Candoli's very few opportunities to lead a record session. Unfortunately this LP will be difficult to find.