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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Charlie Ventura Plays For The People


Exactly Like You

Charlie Ventura Plays For The People
Craftsmen C 8039

From the back cover: Here you have Charlie Ventura, a saxophone virtuoso who for many years has been an unparalleled great. His technique, warm tone, and ability to play with a strong swinging beat have won him the respect and admiration of fans and critics throughout the world. After graduating from South Philadelphia High School in 1935, he spent as much spare time as he could jamming with jazz men at various Philadelphia clubs. Eventually, Ventura formed his own group and their fresh approach won them first place in Down Beat, Metronome & Orchestra World polls.

From Billboard - October 10, 1960: Ventura has reached into the great land of standard tunes to put together this nine-track set. He plays both tenor and baritone in front of a rhythm trio with much enthusiasm even if his technique has become a mite tarnished. Best of the tunes include "Sweet Sue," "Exactly Like You," "Bill Bailey," and "Sweet Lorraine." A variation of his jazz hit some years ago, "Dark Eyes" is also included.

Honeysuckle Rose
When The Saints Go Marching In
Sweet Sue, Just You
Exactly Like You
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
Dark Eyes
Sweet Lorraine
I've Got You Under My Skin

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