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Joe Cool's Blues

Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Peanuts (Related Recordings)Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Linus & Lucy (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis Septet 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Buggy Ride (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis Septet 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Peppermint Patty (Album Version)Ellis Marsalis Trio 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. On Peanuts Playground (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis Septet 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Oh, Good Grief! (Album Version)Ellis Marsalis Trio 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wright Brothers Rag (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis Septet 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Charlie Brown (Album Version)Ellis Marsalis Trio 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Little Red-Haired Girl (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis Septet 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pebble Beach (Album Version)Ellis Marsalis Trio 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Snoopy & Woodstock (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis Septet 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Little Birdie (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis with the Ellis Marsalis Trio 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Why, Charlie Brown (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis Septet 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Joe Cool's Blues (Snoopy's Return) (Album Version)Wynton Marsalis Septet 9:28$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Personnel-wise this is a Marsalis family affair; and how delightful it must be for both Wynton and Branford to engage the talents of so adept a family member as their father (and fellow Columbia recording artist), pianist Ellis Marsalis. With Branford on tenor saxophone, and younger brother Delfeayo on trombone, an Ellis-led ensemble features a delightful turn by New Orleans vocal treasure Germaine Bazzle on the playful "Little Birdie." Otherwise on the CD, Wynton's regular septet shares the selections on a 60-40 basis with Ellis's trio. The musical subject matter dovetails neatly with Wynton's ongoing jazz-education work with children: the selections are from the songbook of Charles Schultz's Peanuts characters, including odes to "Linus & Lucy," "Peppermint Patty," "Snoopy & Woodstock," and of course "Charlie Brown," pictured on the cover merrily engaging the jazz bass. The music is delivered with loads of humor, but lest one get the impression of total frivolity, these songs stand up solidly as jazz vehicles. --Willard Jenkins

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent exploration of excellent jazz classics 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all ages! July 20, 2002
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, happy album 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you must buy a Guaraldi cover album, this is the one October 21, 2007
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic CD! Classic CD! January 11, 2001
A Kid's Review
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This cd has allot great music from the Peanuts TV shows. Though it is not the original recordings by Vince Guaraldi, it is a classic. It's a classic because, from what I understand, Wynton Marsali, one of the greatest modern jazz musicians, actually did some of the music for the Charlie Brown TV shows after Guaraldi's death. **CD HIGHLIGHT** This Cd contains a recording of "Little Birdie" (featured in "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving") that is the only version available that is close to sounding like the original. A GREAT CD FOR ANY JAZZ LOVER OR PEANUTS FAN!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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"Joe Cool's Blues" was released in 1995 on Columbia Records and is the second album to feature Ellis Marsalis, the first being "Standard Time, Vol. 3: The Resolution Of Romance," which is an excellent recording, see my review.

The focus of this music is on Charlie Brown. I'm sure why he made this album, but I'm glad he did, because it has some excellent materal on it. My favorite being "Buggy Ride." Listen to Wynton's Dizzy Gillespie style mute solo, it's amazing in it's virtuosity. Marsalis is clearly one of the greatest trumpeters of his generation. Anyone who doubts that clearly has no understanding of the instrument.

This recording is divided up between Wynton's septet and Ellis' trio. The musicians include: Wessell Anderson (alto & soprano saxophones); Victor Gaines (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Wycliffe Gordon (trombone); Eric Reed (piano); Benjamin Wolfe (acoustic bass); Herlin Riley (drums), Ellis Marsalis (piano); Reginald Veal (bass); and Martin Butler (drums). All musicians are superb and provide excellent support.

I highly recommend this album if you like Vince Guaraldi or just good jazz.
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Received CD in Great condition. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Ree
4.0 out of 5 stars Well played, sir.
Some classic jazz tunes you probably already know done by some of the best. It's a great listen when you're in the mood.
Published 8 months ago by castiron
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm doing the Snoopy happy dance!
Love this CD. Have it on the Amazon Cloud. It makes my feet happy, and makes me smile! Beautiful collection of tunes ... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ooodaddyo
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great CD for a bargain price
For under four dollars you can't beat the sweet jazzy sounds to accompany your Xmas baking and decorating. I highly recommend it.
Published 15 months ago by R. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
This is an excellent album! Wynton Marsalis offers a wonderful interpretation of these classic songs. I greatly enjoy listening to this album and recommend it to others.
Published 15 months ago by TruWriter
5.0 out of 5 stars The instant download was an unexpected bonus
I have been a fan of this style of music and this artist's music is crisp and clean. I loved the fact that I could listen to it the day I ordered it and still had the disk to own.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was hoping to hear a recording of Wynton Marsalis and his group but their music is burdened by the really unnecessary vocals.
Published 16 months ago by stu
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Marsalis
Who can not enjoy masterful jazz and vintage Peanuts. The music of Vince Guaraldi never sounded better. Kudos to both artists.
Published 18 months ago by Marv Raps
5.0 out of 5 stars Music you know by heart!
One of my favorite discs. My friends keep steeling it so this is the third time I've purchased it!!! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jonathan M. Doctor
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