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Saturday, April 16, 2022

There Is Nothing Like A Dame - Pete & Conte Candoli



There Is Nothing Like A Dame
Much Ado About The Ladies By Two Who Do Much With Jazz!
Pete & Conte Candoli
Cover Photo by Sid Avery
Warner Bros. W1462


Recorded in Hollywood
Georgia, Allouette, Dinah and Ida recorded March 20, 1962 with Pete Candoli, trumpets; Shelly Mann, drums; Jimmy Rowles, piano; Howard Robert, guitar and Gary Peacock, bass.

Gigi, Candy, Anna and Margie recorded March 21, 1962, with same personnel 

Mary Lou, Valentine, Diane and Nothing Like A Dame recorded March 22, 1962, with John Williams substituting for Jimmy Rowles.

Shelly Mann appears courtesy of Contemporary Records; John Williams courtesy Columbia Records.

From the back cover: Brother act are pretty much unknown in jazz. This album should correct that, and quick. Pete and Conte Candoli are not only brothers, but also brother trumpet players. This album brings the two together as soloists, and it's an album that the vast fraternity of jazz connoisseurs should welcome with open hi-fi's.

Pete Candoli, perhaps the better known of the two brothers, has been featured trumpet man on countless jazz albums. Both he and Conte belong to that group of richly-talented musicians residing in Hollywood who literally haven't enough hours in the day to fulfill all the recording dates requested of them. Joining them in this set are equally in-demand musicians: the consistent poll-winner, Shelly Manne on drums; Howard Roberts, outstanding on guitar; John Williams, alternations with Jimmy Rowles, on piano. No greater praise can be given these men in this rhythm section than to say that they were personally selected by Pete and Conte, who have played with all the best.

This album might properly by subtitled "Dialogue for Trumpets," for Pete and Conte talk back and forth with their trumpets with the ease and interest of two men who have  been in fact, they have. Pete, four years Conte's senior, was responsible for giving Conte his first lessons on trumpet back in their Mishawaka, Ind., homeland. After an apprenticeship around South Bend, both were able to start out by joining name bands.

Older brother Pete began playing trumpet professionally in 1940, launching his career with the Sonny Dunham band, and following with memberships in the orchestra of Will Bradley, Benny Goodman, Ray McKinley, Tommy Dorsey, Freddy Slack, Alvino Rey, Charlie Barnet, Teddy Powell, Woody Herman, Tex Beneke, Les Brown, and Stan Kenton... quite a line-up. A powerful section man, Pete is celebrated for his wide range and responsible for the tweeter-testing trumpet work on many jazz albums recorded on the West Coast.

Conte began his trumpet lessons while only 13, and after trial gigs around Indiana, he left high school (he was 16 at the time) to join the Woody Herman Herd, making him one of the  youngest members ever to play in a top band. Subsequently, he's played with Chubby Jackson, the U.S. Army, Stan Kenton, Charlie Ventura, and made a return trip to the Herman Herd. Locating with his brother in Hollywood, he has since played countless recording and radio-TV-film studio dates. Recognized as one of the world's foremost modern trumpeters, he is known for his incisive, fleet, and clean tone.

From Billboard - August 11, 1962: The popular jazz trumpets of Pete and Conte Candoli are featured here with a group made up of such other jazz names as Shelly Manne, Howard Roberts, Gary Peacock, John Williams and Jimmy Rowles. Selections all have a girl in the title and the cover has seven lively ones jumping around. Tunes include "There's Nothing Like A Dame (Amen)," "Diane," "Gigi," "Margie," "Candy" and "Georgia On My Mind."

There Is Nothing Like A Dame
Georgia On My Mind
Mary Lou
Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider


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