"The Past is Yet to Come" features jazz, ragtime, blues, and folk styles from around the turn of the century, performed in a highly intense, intimate and infectious manner.
Ventresco's tastes are unfettered by music in the modern era; he has instead concentrated on early 20th century vaudeville, ragtime, and popular songs as recorded on obscure 78s and cylinders from the dawn of the recorded music era.
The CD includes music written by Eubie Blake, Scott Joplin, Big Bill Broonzy, James Scott, Lucky Roberts, and a Ventresco original as well.
Ventresco's style brings forth images of Blind Blake, Lemon Jefferson, and other street performers of the '20s and '30s.
He learns most of his repertoire by ear, and his raucous yet sensitive playing style (developed by playing on the streets of San Francisco) is a welcome alternative to the scholarly, delicate approach that usually characterizes ragtime guitar recordings.
His playing was featured on the soundtrack album for the film "Crumb." The CD features notes by Barry Hansen (Dr.Demento), and glorious monaural sound free of added reverb or compression.
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1. Shuffle Rag
2. An Operatic Rag
3. Goodnight Angeline - medley
4. Whoa, You Heifer (A Cowboy Intermezzo)
6. Ragtime Oriole
7. Oysters and Clams - medley
8. Dance of the Nile Maidens
9. A Black Smoke
10. Sunflower Slow Drag
11. Shadow Blues
12. Handsome Harry
13. Lingering Love - medley
14. The Georgia Grind
16. High Brown Blues
17. Junk Man Rag
18. Back To Baltimore - medley