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Vince & Bola
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2000
This is a very nice CD which combines two of the three albums Vince and Bola recorded together. The first five tracks were done in the studio with the remaining tracks being recorded live. I was somewhat disappointed that Bola only appears in two of the last six tracks, but pleased, none-the-less, being a Vince Guaraldi fan.
Fans of the Vince Guaraldi trio will not be disappointed by the addition of Bola's guitar to Vince's piano and the trio's bass and drums. Vince and Bola shine brilliantly whether serving as accompanists to one another or as soloists. The quartet as a whole are smooth, cool and tight with nothing feeling out of place. The live tracks tend to showcase Vince and Bola's excellent solo skills more than the studio tracks.
It's difficult for me to pick a favorite selection. I'd have to say the first five tracks. I like to keep this one close by when I'm ready to unwind. Check it out, throw it on, kick back and relax. This CD is as refreshing as a cool summer breeze.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2001
If you enjoy well played Bossa Nova get this one and the sound is very good, plus you get to hear Vince "if your're not familiar with his music " from the side door...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2002
"Vince & Bola" combines two LPs ("Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete & Friends" and "Live at El Matador") on one CD. While economical, the combination is musically unfortunate. "...& Friends" is one of Guaraldi's weaker recordings; his lively keyboard work is often overwhelmed by the easy-listening samba sound. By contrast, "El Matador" is a very strong live recording, featuring live interpretations of "Black Orpheus" classics, along with Guaraldi's poignant take on the Beatles' "I'm a Loser."
In other words, buy this disc for the second half, but you may fall asleep during the first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2010
The sound quality is exceptional for an album originally recorded in the sixties. And the performances are stellar. The interplay between Vince and Bola is something seldom heard; a symbiosis that is elevated to tonal excellence.

Kudos should be given to Kirk Felton, who remastered the recording in 2000. This album is a showpiece for anyone with a good sound system. The piano from the left speaker, the guitar from the right speaker. The performance sounds as if it were alive in my living space. I doubt if MP3s could duplicate the sound quality of the CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
The fact is, we just plain like Vince Guaraldi...A LOT. He died way too soon and we miss him. What a musical genius. If you are a fan of his as well and you don't already have this CD, do yourself a favor and get it. 'Nuff said. :)
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on September 14, 2014
A fantastic match up. A sure thing that Vince could perfectly lead the way through this album. This was my first exposure to Bola Sete, another incredible talent. I swear Bola had a chord for every note! A very agile and creative guitarist. There are times I wish they would have turned up the volume on Bola's solos, those nylon strings just don't carry. Vince is a gratious host/partner to the masterful Brazilian. "Star Song" and "The Days of Wine and Roses" are outstandingly mellow. This is some of the coolest mid 1960's Bossa/Jazz made in America. Thanks Vince and Bola ! Top quality.
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on May 22, 2013
I'm thankful that I now have this album on CD as this is one of my favorite LP's. Every time I spin this album, people are amazed at the musicianship of Vince and Bola. "Star Song" is worth the price of this CD.
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on July 26, 2014
This album is absolutely incredible. You'd be stupid not to own it!
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on April 4, 2015
Good music.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
The arrangements were repetitive. Felt like I was listening to the same song over and over. Very disappointed with this CD
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