A Charlie Brown Christmas [40th Anniversary]

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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz's work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. "What Child Is This" touches on cool jazz's richly textured percussive nuances, while "The Christmas Song" reflects Christmas' relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned "Linus and Lucy" gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its ...
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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz's work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. "What Child Is This" touches on cool jazz's richly textured percussive nuances, while "The Christmas Song" reflects Christmas' relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned "Linus and Lucy" gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its tantalizing meter changes, brilliant percussion, and dashing, humorous piano lines. "Christmastime Is Here," perhaps the album's most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. This collection of soul-soothing melodies would not be complete without the romantic gem "Skating," which blends musical references to falling snowflakes with the dashing feel of swing. Finally, the uplifting, emotionally stirring swing tune "Christmas Is Coming" really brings the listener into the joyous light of the Christmas spirit. Fred Marshall's alluring walking basslines and drummer Jerry Granelli's hauntingly beautiful brush work give most of the album a warm foundation, while Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey shine through with eminent dexterity on bass and drums on "Greensleeves." As for Guaraldi, his penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriad glistening trees, and powdery white landscapes. With its blend of contemporary jazz and lyrical mannerisms, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season. [MNT's 2006 40th Anniversary Edition greatly expanded the original album's offerings -- including several bonus tracks, a second CD of cover versions, and a third CD of Charlie Brown holiday classics.] ~ Shawn Haney
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Madacy Special Mkts
  • UPC: 628261316120
  • Catalog Number: 53161

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O Tannenbaum - Vince Guaraldi (5:11)
  2. 2 What Child Is This - Vince Guaraldi (2:23)
  3. 3 My Little Drum - Vince Guaraldi (3:11)
  4. 4 Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi (3:05)
  5. 5 Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi (6:08)
  6. 6 Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi (2:47)
  7. 7 Skating - Vince Guaraldi (2:41)
  8. 8 Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Vince Guaraldi (1:53)
  9. 9 Christmas Is Coming - Vince Guaraldi (3:25)
  10. 10 Für Elise - Vince Guaraldi (1:04)
  11. 11 The Christmas Song - Vince Guaraldi (3:17)
  12. 12 Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi (5:28)
  13. 13 Christmas Is Coming - Vince Guaraldi (4:34)
  14. 14 The Christmas Song - Vince Guaraldi (3:53)
  15. 15 Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi (5:03)
  16. 16 Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi (1:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Christmas Is Coming - David Benoit (2:54)
  2. 2 Just Like Me - Hank Williams Jr. (4:12)
  3. 3 Linus and Lucy - Dave Koz (4:02)
  4. 4 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Toni Braxton (4:17)
  5. 5 My Little Drum - Rick Braun (3:28)
  6. 6 Skating - Norman Brown (4:01)
  7. 7 Christmas Time Is Here - Brian McKnight (4:25)
  8. 8 O Tannenbaum - Gerald Albright (3:53)
  9. 9 Red Baron - The Rippingtons (4:10)
  10. 10 The Christmas Song - Chaka Khan (4:03)
  11. 11 Für Elise - David Benoit (1:07)
  12. 12 Christmas Time Is Here (Reprise) - Eric Marienthal (3:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Joe Cool (2:07)
  2. 2 Surfin' Snoopy (1:11)
  3. 3 Heartburn Waltz (2:38)
  4. 4 Track Meet (2:40)
  5. 5 Camptown Races (2:25)
  6. 6 Oh, Good Grief (2:00)
  7. 7 Charlie Brown Theme (4:23)
  8. 8 Schroeder (1:54)
  9. 9 Charlie's Blues (1:22)
  10. 10 Great Pumpkin Waltz (2:29)
  11. 11 Thanksgiving Theme (2:02)
  12. 12 Linus and Lucy (3:07)
  13. 13 Christmas Time Is Here (2:46)
  14. 14 Christmas Time Is Here (6:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vince Guaraldi Trio Primary Artist
Vince Guaraldi Indexed Contributor, Piano
Vanessa Williams Vocals
Gerald Albright Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Duran Guitar
Dave Koz Saxophone
Jerry Granelli Drums
Norman Brown Guitar
Mike Clark Drums
Brian McKnight Vocals
Toni Braxton Vocals
Alex Al Electric Bass
Colin Bailey Drums
David Benoit Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor, Bells, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Strings
Rick Braun Flugelhorn
Monty Budwig Bass
Denyse Buffum Viola
Dave Carpenter Acoustic Bass
Chaka Khan Vocals
Lee Charlton Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
John Coppola Trumpet
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Concert Master
Bill Fitch Conga
Grant Geissman Electric Guitar
Tom Harrell Trumpet
Bill Heller Keyboards
Tony Maiden Guitar
Eric Marienthal Saxophone
Fred Marshall Bass
Seward McCain Bass
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Haim Shtrum Violin
Benny Velarde Timbales
John Wittenberg Violin
David Nathan Keyboards
Robert Peterson Violin
John Michael Gray Guitar
Emanuel Klein Trumpet
John Scott Trotter Conductor
Wayne Bergeron Viola
Norm Hughes Violin
Glen Conkite Drums
Frank Snow Trumpet
Laurence Greenfield Violin
Julian Hallmark Violin
Tyrone Chase Guitar
Ruth Bruegger Violin
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Rudolph Stein Cello
Prescott Ellison Drums
Dan Tobin Smith Cello
Chris Loftlin Bass
Pat Firth Bass
John Pompeo Drums
Karen Van Sant Viola
Steven Holtman Trombone
Chuck Bennett Trombone
Russ Freeman Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Vince Guaraldi Arranger, Composer, Producer, Adaptation
Mel Tormé Composer
Brian McKnight Arranger, Producer
David Benoit Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements, String Conductor
Stephen Hart Remixing
George Horn Remastering
Keri Lewis Vocal Producer
Rob Mathes Vocal Producer
Ron Moss Executive Producer
Cheryl Pawelski Reissue Producer
Steve Sykes Engineer
Brian Vibberts Engineer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
George Wyle Composer
Joel Selvin Liner Notes
Larry Kelp Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Remastering
John Scott Trotter Arranger
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Chris Bellman Mastering
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Lee Mendelson Composer
Jan Folkson Vocal Engineer
Traditional Composer
Edward Pola Composer
Jeff Wakolbinger Engineer
Joshua Blanchard Engineer
George Gumbs Engineer
Chris Wood Engineer
Russ Freeman Arranger, Producer
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