Charlie Brown Christmas [LP]

Charlie Brown Christmas [LP]

by Vince Guaraldi Trio
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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. [A Charlie Brown Christmas was re-released on LP in 2009.] ~ Shawn Haney

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2009
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0025218843119
catalogNumber:
8431
Rank:
10391

Tracks

  1. O Tannenbaum  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  2. What Child Is This  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  3. My Little Drum  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  4. Linus And Lucy  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  5. Christmas Time Is Here  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  6. Christmas Time Is Here  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  7. Skating  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  9. Christmas Is Coming  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  10. Fur Elise  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  11. The Christmas Song  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  12. Greensleeves  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  13. Great Pumpkin Waltz  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  14. Thanksgiving Theme  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio

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