Lou Caputo

Not So Big Band & Quartet


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  1. Black Nile (6:08)
  2. Los Cielos De Ayer (6:12)
  3. Uh Oh! (4:58)
  4. Midnight in Berlin (6:12
  5. Festival (5:24)
  6. Stolen Moments (8:22)
  7. News from Blueport (4:16)
  8. Guijira (6:46)
  9. Ape and Essence (8:02)
  10. If You Could See Me Now (7:07)
  11. Fried Bananas (4:22)
  12. Busy Bust Busy (7:13)

Just released is a brand new CD (Un Oh!) produced by Lou featuring Lou's "Not So Big Band".


  • Lou Caputo (Alto, Soprano, Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute and Alto Flute
  • Geoffry Burke & Virginia Mayhew (Saxophone)
  • John Eckert & Dave Smith (Trumpet)
  • Jason Ingram(Trombone)
  • Dale Turk (Tuba)
  • Bill Crow (Bass)
  • Joel Perry (Guitar)
  • Don Stein (Piano)
  • Mike Campenni & Rudy Petschauer (Drums)
  • Warren Smith (Vibraphone)
  • Eddie Montalvo & Leopoldo Fleming (Precussion)

It is available at CD Baby.

Urban Still Life

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  1. In Walked Bud (5:41)
  2. Road Song (4:49)
  3. Israel (6:11)
  4. Song With Orange/nostalgia in Times Sq. (7:08
  5. Mombo Inn (6:19)
  6. Somewhere in the Night (6:05)
  7. Johnny Come Latley (5:14)
  8. Sometine Ago (5:13)
  9. Chi Chi (5:07)
  10. Chelsea Bridge (6:55)
  11. Raunchy Rita (4:27)
  12. On Green Dolphin Street (6:24)


  • Lou Caputo: alto, soporano & baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
  • John Eckert, Jon Owens, Bill Mobley or Ben Bierman; Trumpets
  • Roy Agee, or Debra Wiesz Gary Valente: Trombone
  • Dave Turk, Howard Johnson,Jack Jeffers : Tuba (track1)
  • Frank Vicari,Virginia Mayhew, John Simon: Tenor Saxophone
  • Joe Carbone: Guitar (tracks 6, 9,12)
  • Ed Cherry: Guitar (tracks 2)
  • Don Stein: piano (track 6, 12)
  • Roberta Piket: Piano (tracks 6, 9, 12)
  • Howard Williams: Piano (tracks 1)
  • Bill Whited: Piano (tracks 2)
  • Brian Glassman: Bass (tracks 1)
  • John Dooley: Bass (tracks 2, 9, 12)
  • Rudy Petschasuer: Drums (tracks 9, 12)
  • Bobby Sanabria:
  • Drums (tracks 2)
  • Alan Schaefer: Vibes & Percussion(tracks 2)
  • Candido: Congas(tracks 2)
  • Ben Bierman: Arranger track 6)
  • Jack Jeffers: Arranger (track 1)
  • Chris White: Arranger (track 2)

Lou Caputo's
"Not So Big Band"

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  1. East of Suez (6:56)
  2. Angel (6:37)
  3. Well you Needn't (9:26)
  4. All blues (6:05
  5. Una Muy Bonita (6:53)
  6. Alfie (5:50)
  7. Cinnamon and Clove (5:08)
  8. Tones for Joan's Bones (7:12)
  9. The Peackocks (6:04)
  10. Peggy's Blue Skylignt (8:25)
  11. Live Your Life (6:44)
  12. Sticks (4:12)


  1. Lou Caputo: alto, soporano & baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
  2. John Eckert, Dave Smith: Trumpet & Flugelhorn
  3. Jason Ingram: Trombone
  4. Howard Johnson: Tuba & Bass Clarinet
  5. Virginia Mayhew. John Simon: Tenor Saxophone
  6. Joel Perry: Guitar
  7. Don Stein: piano (except track 9)
  8. John Williams: piano (tract 9)
  9. Chris White: Bass (tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7,12)
  10. Bill Crow: Bass (tracks 1, 5, 8, 8, 10, 11)
  11. Rudy Petschasuer: Drums (tracks 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  12. Billy Hart: Drums (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12)
  13. Leopoldo Fleming: Conga and Percussion
  14. Christopher White III: Udu (Percussion overdub-track 1)
  15. Jann Parker: vocal on "All Blues"

Lou's album featuring his "Not So Big Band". has been a big success since it was introduced in 2010. You can preview it and buy it at CD Baby. Check out the review in the March 2011 issue of THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD. and the review in O's Place Jazz Magazine.

Check out Lou's interview in Eric Nemeyer's Jazz Inside Magazine. Download a free copy of the June issue. Lou's interview is on page 44.

The video of the song you are now listening to "Cinnamon & Clove" is now up on the Video page.


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  1. “La Costa” (Linda Williams (Aziza) “I Love you” (Cole Porter)
  2. “Lotus Blossom” (Billy Stayhorn) Arranger Chris White
  3. “Feolcidade” (Antonio Carlos Jobim) Arranger Don Stien
  4. “The Dry Cleaning Man From Des Moines” (Charles Mingus) Arranger Geoffrey Burke
  5. “Urban Flower” (Chris White)
  6. “Interface” (Hank Jones) Arranger Don Stien
  7. “Azule Serape” (Victor Feldman)
  8. “If You Never Come to Me/The Dreamer” (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  9. “The Duke” (Dave Brubeck) Arranger Don Stien
  10. “Remembrance” (Chris White)


  • Lou Caputo: Alto, Soprano, Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute and Alto Flute.
  • Chris White: Bass
  • Don Stein: Piano
  • Payton Crossley: Drums
  • Warren Smith: Vibraphone
  • Leopoldo Fleming: Precussion

This album is available at CD Baby.

Chris White and Lou Caputo first met during Christmas week 1968, but they’d each graduated Brooklyn’s Boys High (now Boys & Girls) at separate times. Following a friend to a bass lesson.

Caputo met White while he was still in the army and very much a student of music. White was a more seasoned artist and musical educator by then. A bassist, he'd already performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone and served as the director of jazz studies at Rutgers University.

The meeting proved invaluable when Caputo returned from the Army in 1969 to study under the great Frank Foster per White’s recommendation. It marked a turning point for Caputo and the start of a creative relationship between he and White.

Around 1973, White invited Caputo to perform with him at Carnegie Hall. It was the first time Caputo had performed there, but not the last time he'd work with White. Through the years their friendship grew into areas aside from music and a deeper personal bond has also developed.

During Christmas week of 2011, White and Caputo began the process of putting together the songs that became "Interface." White composed two of the album's tracks and fuctions as producer and bassist and Caputo as bandleader and soloist. Aziza Williams, a former band member of White at the afore mentioned Carnegie Hall concert, also contributed an original composition, "La Costa."

Speaking of contributions and more than casual connections: the work of, Payton Crossley, Warren Smith and Don Stein as well as Leopoldo Fleming reflect the more than casual musical interaction spawn by the more than 30 years of working with each other in a myriad of musical settings. Their interaction with the Brooklyn boys is indeed a part of the chemistry that is Interface.

These recordings are a product of years of artistic connection(s), and the harvesting of many musical ideas and associations. MATT CAPUTO