The Brothers Candoli

Pete Candoli

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The Brothers Candoli Review

by Scott Yanow

Originally titled Bell, Book and Candoli, this former Dot LP was reissued by the revived Impulse label in the early '80s. Trumpeters Pete and Conte Candoli have collaborated on an occasional basis over the past half-century, and their album was one of four that they recorded during 1957-59. Joined by pianist John Williams, guitarist Barney Kessel, either Joe Mondragon or Red Mitchell on bass and drummer Alvin Stoller, the brothers play concise versions of ten songs that include four standards (including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "What Is This Thing Called Love"), Morton Gould's "Pavanne," and five Pete Candoli originals. The music is enjoyable if not substantial, swinging but not essential.