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The Very Best Of Vince Guaraldi

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A collection of the very best of Vince Guaraldi s Fantasy recordings. Newly compiled, this is a must-have release for all jazz fans.
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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B008DL3XM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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San Francisco jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi would have been remembered in the popular music conscience for his 1962 hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," had he not redefined his legacy three years later with the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas. The animated special's annual broadcast turned Guaraldi's score, particularly the instrumental "Linus and Lucy," into an indelible musical signature. The two bouts of popular acclaim obscured the rest of Guaraldi's career, which began in the 1950s backing Cal Tjader, blossomed into his own trio and first struck pay dirt with his tribute, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus. It was from this latter album that the Guaraldi original "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" sprung onto the airwaves as the B-side of his cover of Luiz Bonfa's "Samba de Orfeu." Though the latter isn't included here, another of the film's themes, "Manha de Carnaval," shows off Guaraldi's interest in Latin rhythms, as well as the contemplative side of his playing.

Brazillian music played an on-going role in Guaraldi's repertoire, as he covered the bossa nova "Outra Vez," and collaborated with guitarist Bola Sete on the gentle "Star Song," the rush-hour "Ginza" and a live recording of "El Matador." The latter shows how easily Guaraldi transitioned back and forth from straight to swing time, much as he does in "Linus and Lucy," his left hand beating out boogie-woogie as his right hand picks out melodies.
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What's not to like about the music written for the Charlie Brown specials? Ok, the CD is not entirely made up of Peanuts music. The reason I bought the CD is for the piece called Cast Your Fate to the Wind, which has always been a favorite. Definitely music to relax to.
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This is a great compilation of Guaraldi's upbeat Jazz favourites. Listening to this will bring your cheery energy! When you're down the beat and melodies will elevate your mood!
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People who know Vince Guaraldi's music at all won't need much of a review, except that this album really does represent the best of his work, and is the first of his album's you should have if you like his music. For those not familiar with him: Vince Guaraldi was a San Francisco based jazz pianist whose music became widely popular especially as a result of the soundtracks he recorded for Peanuts TV specials. His style is easy-going and accessible, making this music a good choice if you want jazz which is relaxed enough to use as background music but good enough to actually listen to also. If that's the sort of record you're looking for, you can't go wrong here.
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My first appreciation for jazz came from listening to Vince's music in those wonderful animated classics.
Every time I here his piano, distinctive like no other, those characters come to life once again. But Guaraldi's other works stand on their own in the: "Very Best of Vince Guaraldi". Weather you are just beginning to explore the genre or rounding out your own extensive collection, I recommend this artist for everyone. : )
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I first heard Vince Garaldi when we went for a visit to San Francisco.. If you like good jazz to listen to, study to or just kick back and enjoy, this is for you. I have given several of these albums to friends and all agree, this is really great listen to jazz. The Peanuts album is a plus. So you get two for the price of one. Sit back have a bit of pizza and a beer and let the music talk to you.
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There is more to Vince Guaraldi than Charlie Brown's music, though that is what most people are familiar with. Excellent piano work that you will enjoy over and over again.
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We really liked the Charlie Brown Christmas CD and Decided to buy this CD. We were not disappointed as Vince Guaraldi is a pleasure to listen to.
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