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Roger Strange CA
March 14, 2008 - 08:59 PM

I'll never forget Pete as long as I live. He made this then very young drummer fearless. Farewell cat and thanks for the career.
Joe Marquez Pollock Pines
March 18, 2008 - 02:27 AM

I just saw, this evening, the movie entitled, "Mulholland Drive". Conte had a very small appearance, performing a very short riff on muted trumpet. I knew it was him immediately. The movie was released the year Conte died. I wish that, at the very least, they had spelled his first and last names correctly. Conte Candoli will always be my favorite trumpet player.
Marco Lopez VA
March 21, 2008 - 02:24 AM

They were both the best. Their styles so individual and my inspiration as a young musician. Sad to hear of Pete's passing as he contributed so much to the music scene in his lifetime. And Conte is missed also for his amazing contributions. What a team they were. I had no favorites, they both did their thing, and it was exciting.

Sorry for your loss....and the people that were their peers and fans...
Steve Dillard San Diego, CA
January 18, 2008 - 02:26 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. First Conte now Pete.
I think the first time these two great brassmen came to my attention was the movie Bell Book and Candle. After that I sought out everything I find that they recorded. When I worked for Calicchio in 1989 Conte came in for several weeks waiting for Domenick to finish his horn. (Conte Backed over his Martin with his Aston Martin) I would take my lunch whenever he came in, and sit and listen to the trumpet giant before me. As a young trumpeter I was mesmerized! The earth sobs as the latest brother passes but the heavens rejoice. Gabriel watch out!!!!!!
Art Terrero New York City
January 18, 2008 - 09:46 PM

I'm just a fan who loved Pete's playing, with Getz and Kenton and Shelley Manne and I'll miss him but not more than you. He was really a unique player who gave credibility to the sound of California jazz.

As a musician, I can also say that I can really appreciate the work he put into practicing to get to that level.

Best wishes to you; I'm sorry for your loss.
Ricky Alfonso South Windsor, Ct
January 19, 2008 - 09:56 AM

Two of the greatest trumpet players ever. They have left a wonderful mark on trumpet music and the West coast sound. Thanks for the music.
F. Chispa Rousselle New Orleans, La
January 19, 2008 - 05:16 PM

As a New Orleans native, music was a big part in the culture all I knew was Al Hirt (who was great himself) but my first introduction to the Great Pete Candoli was by chance because in 1962 or 1963 a teacher from high school gave me this Tutti's Trumpet Album and that's all it took. I was very glad that then the personnel was listed on album jacket. Pete Candoli could be see on all of them. I used to copy all his the solos from the Henry Mancini collection and what a great inspiration he has been to me all through my musical career. We finally met in Las Vegas in the early 70's when I was playing there with a road band. A first class Prince of a man his greatness could never be replaced. I am a very fortunate man to have know him.
Tom Turner Los Angeles
January 20, 2008 - 02:56 PM

I didn?t know Pete as well as Conti, I lived across the street from Conti (Laurel Canyon 60, 70?s). I would see Pete when he came over for the Christmas Eve parties though. I miss the muffled practice that would come from Conti?s house. When I read today in the Sunday paper that Pete had passed a flood of memories came across me, God bless to both and their families.
Austin Provisor Los Angeles, California
January 22, 2008 - 12:21 PM

I met Pete Candoli around 1984 when he bought a pair of sheepskin seat covers from me for his Porsche car..
We had a nice conversation and I was left with the impression that I had just met one very cool guy.
I'm sorry to hear of his passing and offer condolences to his wife Sheryl, his daughters & family.

Austin Provisor -
Chris Tedesco Los Angeles, CA
January 23, 2008 - 01:55 PM

What a loss to the music world with the passing of Pete Candoli......a loss that can never filled. I first met Pete in 1987 and first played with Pete for 1 week in 1990 with Lionel Hampton at the BIG BANDS at Disneyland venue. What an education I received by sitting next to him. He was one of a kind....if you met him for a week you were friends for life. I will miss his kiss on both cheeks every time we met. His recordings speak for themselves. He was like another Italian father to me.....Bye Pete.
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