Catalog # 76170

UPC # 602267617023

Pete Candoli & Conte Candoli, trumpet;

Joe Diorio, guitar; Ross Tompkins, piano; Monty Budwig, bass, Charles Harris, drums


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Pete and Conte Candoli were among the most respected and esteemed jazz trumpet players on the West Coast. Based in Los Angeles, they were the first-call musicians and performed on hundreds of recordings for television and Hollywood movies. “Echo” is a live concert performance that was recorded for international TV in 1980. Trumpet fans can now discover them on this Album and on the live concert DVD.“Caravan” is a jazz standard that was composed by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington and first performed by Ellington in 1936. The minor key melody created for “Caravan” forms a perennial favorite, evocative, lively and memorable, enhanced by Ellington’s arrangement. The song was widely covered by various musicians, and featured in popular movies, such as Sweet and Lowdown, Ocean’s Eleven, Whiplash, and Chocolat.Pete and Conte Candoli are known for their amazing technique, and quality of tone on the instrument. Their stellar performances on this recording give the familiar tune a new feel. They share the stage with renowned guitarist Joe Diorio, and pianist Ross Tompkins, creating a full, lush sound.

Song Selection:

  1. Bluin’ Boogie
  2. Willow Weep for Me
  3. Fat’s Blues
  4. Echo
  5. Moped
  6. Caravan

About Pete Candoli

Born Walter Joseph Candoli in Mishawaka, Ind, Pete Candoli (1923-2008), became a professional musician in his teens and had already worked with several big bands, including Tommy Dorsey’s, when he joined the Woody Herman Herd in 1944. His stratospheric range was prominently featured with Herman on numbers that he sometimes played while wearing a Superman costume. He also took part in the historic 1946 Carnegie Hall concert at which the Herman band performed the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto.”

In 1955 Pete Candoli moved to Los Angeles. There, in addition to continuing his jazz work with Stan Kenton and others, he became an active studio musician, working on film and television soundtracks as well as record dates for Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and numerous others. He was a member of the Henry Mancini ensemble that provided the memorable jazz-inflected score for the television show “Peter Gunn,” on which he occasionally appeared on camera.From 1957 to 1962 hei was the co-leader of a small group with his younger brother, Conte, an equally accomplished trumpeter with a similar big-band résumé. The Candoli brothers continued to work together on and off into the 1990s.

About Conte Candoli

Secondo (Conte) Candoli (1927-2001) was an actor and jazz trumpeter known mainly for playing in big bands and for his work with The Tonight Show on TV. He sat in with Woody Herman’s First Herd as a 16-year-old, joining them full-time when he was 18 alongside his older brother, trumpeter Pete Candoli.

He toured for the next 10 years with various bands, including those of Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s he formed his own group before moving to Los Angeles to join the Lighthouse All-Stars with fellow-trumpeter Shorty Rogers, and saxophonists Bud Shank and Bob Cooper.

Conte Candoli had a long relationship with The Tonight Show and became a permanent member of its band in 1972 when the show moved to California, and played with it for 20 years. He continued playing in other bands, most notably with Shelly Manne, as well as accompanying stars such as Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra. His soundtrack performances include the films Mulholland Drive (2001) and Bird (1988) among others.Candoli was inducted into The International Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.

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