A great document of a great little group – the 1955 quintet of trumpeter Conte Candoli – noteworthy not only for Conte's own trumpet work, but also for the presence of tenorist Bill Holman! The first half of the CD features the album Powerhouse Trumpet – originally cut for Bethlehem
Records, and featuring a bit more solo space than Conte got on other sessions – really drawing focus on his tremendous tone, a sound that was tight and confident, yet never too slick or brassy. Holman's horn is always a treat in a record like this – slightly sharp on the edge, with a tone that's surprisingly soulful at times. Other players include Lou Levy on piano, Larry Marable on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass – and titles include "Toots Sweet", "Full Count", "Four", "Groovin Higher", and "Jazz City Blues". The second half of the CD features the album West Coast Wailers – cut less than a month after the first one, and with the same group – all in a sound that really preserves the same sort of energy! As before, Candoli and Holman provide some wonderful moments – and Levy's piano seems to get even more place in the arrangements than before. Titles include "Lover Man", "Pete's Alibi", "Cheremoya", "Jordu", "Marcia Lee", and "Flamingo".
(Please note the tray card is wavy, has some glue on the inside, a bit of clear tape, and is missing one spine – priced accordingly.)