Shelly Manne: Sorta Blue
Shelly Manne and His Men
Shelly Manne & His Men Play Peter Gunn (Contemporary OJCCD-946-2)
Composed by Henry Mancini.
Recorded: Los Angeles, January 19, 1959
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Conte Candoli was Superman's sibling. Pete Candoli, lead trumpeter in Woody Herman's mid-1940s First Herd, would charge onstage costumed as the comic-book hero for high-note shenanigans. Kid brother Conte's cool was closer to mild-mannered Clark Kent. By concentrating on note selection instead of huffing and puffing to blow the house down, Conte became the most interesting West Coast trumpeter following Chet Baker. Here, ensconced in the bathysphere of Victor Feldman's marimba (played with felt-tipped rather than rubber-tipped mallets) and with Shelly Manne's typically splendid support, Conte shows why he could be counted on for Truth, Justice and the American Way.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Tags: west coast jazz