December 28, 2010

Charlie Ventura - acknowledged High Priest of Bop.

Continuing our vault dig tonight with Charlie Ventura (minus his Bop For The People) and a session he did during his tenure with RCA Victor. Ventura, like a lot of Jazz musicians during this period, recorded for a lot of different labels. RCA-Victor was probably the most commercial and it was something of a sign that the genre of Be-Bop was heading into mainstream acceptance. Ventura was acknowledged as one of the prime movers and shakers of the form, and many of his recordings (most notably for Savoy) are regarded as classics. Ventura did cut some memorable sides for RCA though, among them "Ha" and "High On An Open Mike". This one, Feather's Den (an homage to the ever-present Leonard Feather) is from a session he recorded on August 11, 1949.

It speaks for itself.

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