Here's to You, Charlie Brown!: 50 Great Years!

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
As memorable as the animation and writing for the Charlie Brown television specials of the 1970s and '80s were, it was their music that may have had the longest lasting effect on "Peanuts" fans. Pianist Vince Guaraldi composed jazzy music whose accessibility was matched only by its eminently catchy melodies. The easy-grooving theme song "Linus and Lucy" is one of the most recognizable of all jazz tunes, while the lovely "Christmas Time is Here" can still bring tears to the eyes of those who now watch the specials with their own children. It's no wonder that smooth jazz pianist David Benoit has returned to these beguiling compositions. And he's got some exceptional ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
As memorable as the animation and writing for the Charlie Brown television specials of the 1970s and '80s were, it was their music that may have had the longest lasting effect on "Peanuts" fans. Pianist Vince Guaraldi composed jazzy music whose accessibility was matched only by its eminently catchy melodies. The easy-grooving theme song "Linus and Lucy" is one of the most recognizable of all jazz tunes, while the lovely "Christmas Time is Here" can still bring tears to the eyes of those who now watch the specials with their own children. It's no wonder that smooth jazz pianist David Benoit has returned to these beguiling compositions. And he's got some exceptional players on hand to celebrate Mr. Brown and co., including Al Jarreau, saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Christian McBride, the vocal group Take 6. drummer Peter Erskine, and guitarist Russell Malone. Three album highlights step outside the Guaraldi universe. Benoit mixes in two of his own Guaraldi-inspired pieces, a ballad, "Linus Tells Lucy" featuring the muted trumpet of Chris Botti, and his funky "Getting Ready." Clark Gesner's "Happiness," the charming ballad from the Broadway hit, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" comes complete with a perfect vocal by Al Jarreau.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
An album of Peanuts-related music performed by David Benoit is a no-brainer, not only because of the retirement and death of Charles Schultz, who drew the comic strip, but also because Benoit has in recent years taken over writing the music for the ongoing series of shows, which were scored originally by Vince Guaraldi. Benoit emphasizes his predecessor by devoting seven of the album's ten tracks to Guaraldi compositions. Unfortunately, he begins with one of those exercises in necrophilia that is usually the province of the less-talented progeny of great singers, overdubbing a few of his own unnecessary noodlings on the original recording of "Linus and Lucy." Fortunately, things improve after that, as the trio of Benoit, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Peter Erskine is joined by a series of high-profile guest musicians: guitarist Marc Antoine on "Pebble Beach" and "Red Baron"; trumpeter Chris Botti on Benoit's "Linus Tells Charlie"; saxophonist Michael Brecker on "Freda"; and guitarist Russell Malone on "Blue Charlie Brown." Despite the spring release date, the inclusion of the near-standard "Christmas Time Is Here" is inevitable, and here it's sung by Take 6. In an inspired move, the album closes with Al Jarreau's winsome take on "Happiness," a song from the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. All in all, this is a pleasant, if minor, addition to Benoit's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2000
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 731454363723
  • Catalog Number: 543637

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Linus and Lucy - David Benoit Trio (3:06)
  2. 2 Charlie Brown Theme - David Benoit Trio (4:18)
  3. 3 Pebble Beach - David Benoit Trio (4:38)
  4. 4 Linus Tells Charlie - David Benoit Trio (4:30)
  5. 5 Frieda - David Benoit Trio (4:34)
  6. 6 Christmas Time Is Here - David Benoit Trio (5:17)
  7. 7 Getting Ready - David Benoit Trio (3:08)
  8. 8 Blue Charlie Brown - David Benoit Trio (4:05)
  9. 9 Red Baron - David Benoit Trio (4:28)
  10. 10 Happiness - David Benoit Trio (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Benoit Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Take 6 Vocals
Al Jarreau Vocals
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Peter Erskine Percussion, Drums
Vince Guaraldi Piano
Russell Malone Guitar
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
Chris Botti Trumpet
Alvin Chea Track Performer
Cedric Dent Track Performer
Mark Kibble Track Performer
Christian McBride Bass
Marc Antoine Guitar
Claude McKnight Track Performer
Joel Kibble Track Performer
David Thomas Track Performer
Technical Credits
David Benoit Arranger, Liner Notes
Clark Germain Engineer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Bill Schnee Engineer
Ken Gruberman Music Direction
Lee Mendelson Composer
Watts Design Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Sly Relaxing Remembrance of Charlie Brown Jazz

    Play it in the morning to stop those Monday Blues. Play it in the afternoon before your nap....play it in the evening while getting ready for an important date.....and it's great played after midnight when you really should'nt be awake....A sly jazzy remembering of Charlie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    So so very jazzy

    Charlie Brown will live forever and so will this music..

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