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Very Best of Vince Guaraldi

Vince GuaraldiAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B008DL3XM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cast Your Fate to the Wind
2. El Matador
3. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
4. Ginza
5. Treat Street
6. Django
7. Linus and Lucy
8. The Lady s In Love with You
9. Star Song
10. Outra Vez
11. Manha de Carnival
12. Charlie Brown Theme
13. Christmas Is Coming
14. Christmas Time Is Here

Editorial Reviews

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than just "Linus & Lucy" October 12, 2012
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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. 1964's "Treat Street" attempted to follow-up on the commercial success of 1962, but the swinging, Latin-tinged single failed to click with fickle radio programmers and record buyers.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond "Charlie Brown" February 6, 2014
By V
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! December 9, 2013
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Absolutely wonderful! It's the perfect type of easy to listen to piano jazz. My 8 year old loves it, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peanuts Gang October 2, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good Album August 27, 2013
By JM
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This CD has good jazz and Charlie Brown. Who could ask for anything more. Seriously, this is a very enjoyable collection at a great price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music! June 16, 2013
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I love Vince Guaraldi's music. Plus it gives me a chance to listen to a little Christmas music out of season.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice technique June 12, 2013
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One definitely hears the Peanuts music here. The same style appears in multiple songs. Worth a listen when in a large music rotation.
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