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Joe Cool's Blues

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  • Audio CD (April 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0045DO7WU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Miller on February 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have seen a number of negative reviews for this album and let me say first off that the originals were excellent songs to begin with . They were part of what made the orginal charlie brown movies so excellent. next let me say that anyone who does not see the sublime playing in this albulm is blind. I have seen reviews suggesting that that this albulm lacks key elements like "dynamic" and "swing", which is a blatent lie. Without overdoing any one effect wynton and ellis manage to capture very well the feel of swung jazz as well as what is often very subtly beautiful dynamic changes. Also I have seen people saying that it is lacking in creativity, that Ellis is simply ripping off past musicians, which is also a lie. certainly Jazz being an oral culture, imitation is an often and often vital element. without at leastsome imitation jazz would not be. It is true that stylistically often the solos in this albulm can be very similar to other works, but certainly no more so than many other jazz albulms which are not under fire for lacking creativity.

All in all this an interesting and skillful interpretation of excellent jazz standards.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I took this CD to my classroom, because I felt that the kids needed to hear other styles of music aside from rap and pop. The kids LOVED IT!! I had never seen kids react to music this way. They were tapping their feet, drumming on their desks and trying to hum along. This album became a regular request item. It's wonderful!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Bean on January 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is a joy. It is happy, upbeat and so enjoyable. It is a fantastic way to introduce youngsters to jazz, as the songs are catchy, and some may be identifiable to children who watch Charlie Brown and Snoopy on television. There isn't a child I know, that doesn't like this album, and for that matter too, any adult. Easily accessible to anyone, whether a jazz lover or not. You'll soon be tapping your toes along to such tunes as "Buggy Ride" and "The Wright Brothers Rag". The vocal song on here "Little Birdie" is a treat, and will soon have you singing along. Every one should have this album in their collection, it is a treasure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Barnacle on October 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm not sure why some people felt the need to trash this album, or Guaraldi at all. It's a given that Vince Guaraldi wasn't the most influential or groundbreaking jazz pianist of all time. Likely if not for the Charlie Brown association, or his premature death, he might not have been remembered at all, but give the guy a break! He wrote some sharp, sophisticated scores to some very poignant animated shows which have well outlived him.

Now, to expect Wynton Marsalis to break any new musical ground on this album is just silly. I've seen Marsalis speak over the years about jazz and he has a very narrow and conservative view of the art form. Dozens of innovative jazz composers and players have disparaged him for this. Doesn't matter. The guy has incredible trumpet technique, and his codified, 'museum' interpretation of jazz is actually PERFECT for this material. They play these tracks with the energy and joy that they deserve.

I suppose it's fair to expect some more modern, heady and expanded interpretations of these songs by someone like a George Russell or Ran Blake (which I don't believe exist yet) but to criticize this release, particularly anything Wynton for being too conservative is like criticizing Talbot's for not producing an edgier line of tops this fall. The Marsalis group is really in their element here: Paying the best possible tribute to these songs.

Note: There is an error on this CD. The track called 'Peppermint Patty' is mislabeled. It is actually "Christmas is Coming." The true version of Peppermint Patty can be found on "Good Grief," and "Lost Tracks."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bubba O'Reilly on July 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you have every other album of Peanuts music and you must have one more, get this. Otherwise skip it and spend your money on a Peanuts DVD. With Wynton and Ellis Marsalis both on the cover along with their names, I would have thought this was an album of them performing together. It's not. It's two separate bands. As the description now states it's eight songs by the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and four songs by the Ellis Marsalis Trio both put on one album. The only song they perform together on is 'Little Birdie', and on that one they mostly vamp in the background behind the vocal. I wish there was more Ellis Marsalis Trio included because, as a Piano-Bass-Drums trio they are more faithful to the Vince Guaraldi sound. At times Wynton Marsalis leading a Vince Guaraldi tune on trumpet is on the same level as Dolly Parton singing 'Stairway To Heaven'. Some people may like it, but others will be nauseated. To top it off they can't even get all of the song names right. There is a song called 'Peppermint Patty', but it's not on this album. What they play is 'Christmas Is Coming', NOT 'Peppermint Patty'. Overall the music is okay but there are better jazz albums, and there are better Charlie Brown/Peanuts albums. Get this if you need it to complete your collection, but only if you must.
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By T. W. Walters on November 17, 2011
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This is great trumpet-showcasing jazz! I listen to this mainly while studying. A few of the songs I could take or leave, but most of the album I like. Some are very identifiable as Charlie Brown tunes, while a lot just sound like great cool jazz. Perhaps those who are more familiar with the comic and cartoon will recognize most or all, but I only knew "Linus and Lucy". To put my tastes in relation to other artists, I also like Miles Davis (mostly his cool jazz and slower pieces) and Sonny Rollins. I rated it 4 stars instead of 5 only because of the two or three that i don't really like, but it's still good stuff! Enjoy!
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