Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
2009 two CD set. Frank Rosolino and Conte Candoli had already enjoyed a long and fruitful musical and personal relationship long before these mid '70s recordings were made. They had worked together in the early '50s, as ... more »
2009 two CD set. Frank Rosolino and Conte Candoli had already enjoyed a long and fruitful musical and personal relationship long before these mid '70s recordings were made. They had worked together in the early '50s, as members of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. From 1952 on, they would record together in innumerable occasions with Kenton and other formations. Therefore, the two Conversation albums served as a reunion between two old friends who loved making music together. 18 tracks. Gambit.
I know you Rosolino lovers were waiting for this one.
Jazzcat | Genoa, Italy Italy | 03/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hey guys, I know you Rosolino lovers like me, were waiting for this one to come to light, to resurface from the vaults. And finally, here it is. And by the way it is much more than the cover might let you think. The cover is the one for the studio date Rosolino and Candoli recorded in Italia with Franco D'Andrea rhythmn section, but here are included even two live dates that are delightful. But let's go in order. This is a double cd package. So a big thank you I want to dedicate to Fresh Sounds for this splendid reissue, perfect under each and every point of view (quality, historic respect in the music compilation etc). A reissue as it should be made. THANK YOU FRESH SOUNDS. The studio date is complete obviously and it is really marvellous, Candoli and Rosolino were very happy with this even if they recorded it in Italy, with italian musicians (D'Andrea is a phenomenal pianist and Tommaso a stellar bass player). The music is exceptionnal (truly!!) "mainstream" jazz very bop influenced, ... but you surely know the guys so I don't have to explain their style I guess ... right? =)) They were very happy with the studio too. They said they couldn't find a better studio to record in the States at the time, so you figure. Infact the music is very well recorded. The opener is a Charlie Parker tune, "Star Eyes" because the italian players wanted to begin with something related to Bird. I would have chosen something different, a true Bird line, Relaxin at Kamarillo, ... Confirmation, COnstellation, Koko, ... something like that, but anyway. The true fireworks begin with the second tune, "Conversation" an iper fast bebop blues, with scattin vocals from the guys, something that will floor you. Phenomenal musicians!!!!! Frank and Conte, bebop monsters!!!! Splendid for real, this is the Jazz I love guys! Then it's time for a ballad from Frank, a medium fast tune "Attention" and another ballad "Maria" (splendid for real). "Let's burn" is another fabolous warp speed blues with some changes in the middle just to add some spice. Then it's time for a fast "Doxy", the Sonny ROllins tune, a very funny blues infected tune, often associated with Frank Rosolino, because he recorded in the sixties in that splendid album with Sonny Clark. A tune that I really love (I played it sometimes in my concerts too, true fun). Soloing of course is always VERY HIGH from both the guys, in every moment of the album. They were in splendid shape for real and the atmosphere is really creative and relaxed. The tunes are long in their time, often around 8, or 9 minutes so the guys could strecht out and take all the choruses they wanted. Then the first cd closes with three live tunes, three standards "Like someone in love" taken mid tempo, and Kern's "Yesterdays" (fast) plus another ballad "Don't take your love from me". So we're in the live dates added to the studio date. I don't want to ruin the many surprises and gems you will find here in the second live cd. Take note that are two phenomenal live dates (with two different rhythmn sections) with Frank and Conte in extraterrestrial shape. Out of this world bebop for real! You have to own this and be fast because this stuff never stay too long in print. Phenomenal music.