West Coast Wailers

West Coast Wailers

by Lou Levy


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West Coast Wailers

Trumpeter Conte Candoli and pianist Lou Levy had only occasional opportunities to work as leaders before this 1955 session they recorded together for Atlantic Records. Both made the most of the chance, fronting a quintet that also included tenor saxophonist Bill Holman, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Lawrence Marable. The group got out of the gate quickly (following a contemplative piano intro, that is) on a quickstep bop reading of the Sigmund Romberg operetta tune "Lover Come Back to Me," which quickly established that a commonplace of jazz ensembles would hold -- no matter whose name is in large print on the cover, it's the group that's performing, and other people will get their chance to shine, too. While the rhythm section contented itself with supporting (though Marable often made his drums noticeable), Holman got more solo time than his sideman credit would indicate, at least on this track. Levy and Candoli got to make their statements up front, of course, but this was really a five-headed beast and, from the sound of forceful bop compositions like Candoli's "Pete's Alibi," it's one that should have been given more of a hearing than just one album.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 4943674252497
catalogNumber: 5051838
Rank: 154535

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Levy   Primary Artist,Piano
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Bill Holman   Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Lawrence Marable   Drums

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Conte Candoli   Composer
Bill Holman   Composer
Duke Jordan   Composer
Pete Candoli   Composer
Bill Russo   Liner Notes
Lew Brown   Composer
Ted Grouya   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
John Kraus   Engineer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
William Claxton   Cover Photo
Marvin Israel   Cover Design
Charles Tobias   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Ed Anderson   Composer
Sam Stept   Composer

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