A Charlie Brown Christmas

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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. ~ Shawn Haney
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2007
  • Label: MONSTER MUSIC
  • UPC: 050644441721
  • Catalog Number: 4417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O Tannenbaum - Monty Budwig (5:08)
  2. 2 What Child Is This? - Monty Budwig (2:25)
  3. 3 My Little Drum - Monty Budwig (3:12)
  4. 4 Linus and Lucy - Monty Budwig (3:06)
  5. 5 Christmas Time Is Here - Monty Budwig (6:05)
  6. 6 Christmas Time Is Here - Monty Budwig (2:47)
  7. 7 Skating - Monty Budwig (2:27)
  8. 8 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Monty Budwig (1:55)
  9. 9 Christmas Is Coming - Monty Budwig (3:25)
  10. 10 Für Elise - Monty Budwig (1:06)
  11. 11 The Christmas Song - Monty Budwig (3:17)
  12. 12 Greensleeves - Monty Budwig (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vince Guaraldi Trio Primary Artist, Track Performer
Vince Guaraldi Indexed Contributor, Piano
Jerry Granelli Drums
Colin Bailey Drums
Monty Budwig Bass, Bass Guitar
Fred Marshall Bass, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Vince Guaraldi Arranger
Colin Bailey Contributor
Monty Budwig Contributor
George Horn Mastering
Robert Wells Composer
Ralph J. Gleason Liner Notes
Charles Wesley Composer
Traditional Composer
William Chatterton Dix Composer
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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    Nothing says "Christmas" like A Charlie Brown Christma

    Nothing says "Christmas" like A Charlie Brown Christmas. Guaraldi's interpretation of well-known Christmas songs, as well as his original music written for the classic TV special, are timeless. My favorite Christmas album of all time and one of the top five best CDs of any type ever recorded.

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