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Friday, January 12, 2018

In A Jazz Mood - Charlie Ventura

In A Jazz Mood
Charlie Ventura And His Orchestra
Supervised by Norman Granz
Cover Photo: Alex de Paola
Liner Photo: Herman Leonard
Norgan Records
MG N-1073

From the back cover: Ventura, a native of Philadelphia, has played in as many different types of jazz groups as he plays saxophones. He started out with Gene Krupa's band, moved on to Teddy Powell's and later formed his own band; he has also had his own smaller unit, most notably the "Big Four", which featured Buddy Rich, drums; Marty Napoleon, pian, and Chubby Jackson, bass. He has garnered his share of awards from such publications as Down Beat, Metronome and Esquire.

In addition to Ventura, ace trumpeter Conte Condoli is featured on this album. You will also hear the Ventura Blentones on four tunes, on side B, who blend wonderfully with the instrumentations by Charlie Ventura.

From Billboard - September 29, 1956: Some of the selections are reissues from N-8 and Clef C-118. Some, feature Ventura's saxes with vocal group, are newly issued, apparently Ventura, in his restrained ballads, is appealing. In most of the up-tempo numbers he is merely flashy and tasteless. Dyed-in-the-wool Ventura fans will find him true to form, and moderate sales should result there form. "Yesterdays" is a good one for jocks.

Ain't Misbehavin'
Limehouse Blues
Bugle Call Rag
That Old Feeling
I'm Confessin'
There's No You
Rose Room
Can't Get You Out Of My Mind

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