Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Vince Guaraldi
(Fantasy – 2006)
Staff

For anyone who grew up during (and since) the ’60s, the music from the beloved animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas resonates with deep sentimental meaning. That swinging soundtrack by the Vince Guaraldi Trio is as much a part of our musical upbringing as the early Beatles, Stones and Dylan albums and has continued to register with successive generations in rebroadcasts every year since its 1965 premiere.

Memorable melodies like the cheerful “Linus And Lucy,” the whimsically swinging “Skating,” the bittersweet “Christmastime Is Here” and the groovy boogaloo “Christmas is Coming” have become ingrained in our collective consciousness. Like those Beatles, Stones and Dylan records, Guaraldi’s jazzy score has endured. Now, 41 years after its initial airing and 30 years after the pianist-composer himself passed away from a heart attack in 1976 at age 47, Fantasy is releasing a new Expanded Edition of this holiday favorite.

Remixed in stereo using 24-bit remastering from the original tapes and featuring the original cover art reinstated with the approval of United Media and the Estate of Charles Schultz, A Charlie Brown Christmas includes four previously unissued bonus tracks by the Vince Guaraldi Trio (featuring Fred Marshall on bass and Jerry Granelli on drums).

As Shawn Haney wrote in the Ail Music Guide to Jazz: “Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz’s work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm and creativity. (His) penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriads of glistening trees and powdery white landscapes.

Revisit childhood memories and experience new holiday warmth with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

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