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On this hard-to-find collector's Lp, the extroverted tenor-saxophonist Charlie Ventura is heard on four sessions from 1946. Two dates team Ventura with swing clarinetist Barney Bigard while the other top sidemen include altoists Willie Smith and Charlie Kennedy, trumpeter Red Rodney (three years before he joined Charlie Parker), pianists Arnold Ross and Teddy Napoleon, guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Red Callender and drummer Nick Fatool. The music is mostly small-group swing although one can feel the influence of bebop in spots. These spirited performances (all recorded in Los Angeles) have once again become rare due to the cutout status of this recommended Lp.


Born: 02 December 1916 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

A fine swing-oriented tenor saxophonist, Ventura is best-remembered for his attempt at popularizing bebop during the tail end of the music's mid- to late-'40s heyday. Born Charles Venturo, he came from a large, musically inclined family. His first instrument was C-melody sax. He switched to alto before eventually settling on tenor. Ventura left his day job at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1942 to join Gene Krupa's band. He became a featured soloist with Krupa, playing with the drummer from 1942-1943...
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