West Coast Wailers/Sings Ballads of the Sad Cafe

West Coast Wailers/Sings Ballads of the Sad Cafe

by Conte Candoli
     
 
This discount-priced two-fer combines two albums by different artists, first the 1957 collection West Coast Wailers by trumpeter Conte Candoli and pianist Lou Levy, then 1959's Chris Connor Sings Ballads of the Sad Café. The obvious question is what these two albums have to do with each other, and the simple answer is nothing. The Candoli/Levy date is a

Overview

This discount-priced two-fer combines two albums by different artists, first the 1957 collection West Coast Wailers by trumpeter Conte Candoli and pianist Lou Levy, then 1959's Chris Connor Sings Ballads of the Sad Café. The obvious question is what these two albums have to do with each other, and the simple answer is nothing. The Candoli/Levy date is a West Coast bop session on which a quintet, filled out by Bill Holman (tenor sax), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), and Larance Marable (drums) wail on a collection of standards such as "Lover Come Back to Me" and "Lover Man" as well as some originals. Candoli and Levy are better known as side musicians; they led on very few albums, and this is their only one together. It is also their only recording for Atlantic Records, from which Collectables licensed it, and that begins to explain the pairing with the Connor album -- if it was going to be combined with anything, it would have to be a disc by some other performer. But why Connor? She had quite a few Atlantic albums, and Ballads of the Sad Café, a set of torch songs sung in her careful, considered voice, is a far cry from the feel of West Coast Wailers. But then, maybe that's the idea. Think of this as a club set with deliberately contrasting performers. Get all worked up on the bop playing of Candoli, Levy, and friends, then take a break and come back after another drink for the dispassionate Connor and her songs about unhappy love. At the low price, either one of these albums would be worth the money on its own, so why kick that you get two for the price of less than one?

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1999
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431627723
catalogNumber:
6277
Rank:
147519

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Performance Credits

Conte Candoli   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Bill Holman   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Jaspar   Flute,Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Willie Dennis   Trombone
Lou Levy   Piano
Seldon Powell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Ralph Sharon   Conductor
Stan Free   Piano
Stan Webb   Saxophone
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Maurice Brown   Cello
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Mac Ceppos   Violin
Billy Exner   Drums
Frank Foster   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Ray Free   Violin
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Isadore Zir   Viola
Jerry Sanfino   Saxophone
Harry Katzman   Violin
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Dave Mankovitz   Violin
Larance Marable   Drums
Harry Melnikoff   Violin
George Ockner   Violin
Don Payne   Bass
Sonny Payne   Drums
Stephen Perlow   Saxophone
Samuel Rand   Violin
Tosha Samaroff   Violin
Sylvan Shulman   Violin
Harry Urbont   Violin
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Dick Hixon   Trombone
Eugene Orloff   Violin
Eddie Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Russo   Liner Notes
Ralph Sharon   Arranger
Ervin Drake   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Edward Redding   Composer

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