Charlie Brown Christmas

Performers Vince Guaraldi Trio

Fantasy | August 21, 2007 | Compact Disc

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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: 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. "What Child Is This" touches on cool jazz's richly textured percussive nuances, while "The Christmas Song" reflects Christmas' relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned "Linus and Lucy" gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its tantalizing meter changes, brilliant percussion, and dashing, humorous piano lines. "Christmastime Is Here," perhaps the album's most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. This collection of soul-soothing melodies would not be complete without the romantic gem "Skating," which blends musical references to falling snowflakes with the dashing feel of swing. Finally, the uplifting, emotionally stirring swing tune "Christmas Is Coming" really brings the listener into the joyous light of the Christmas spirit. Fred Marshall's alluring walking basslines and drummer Jerry Granelli's hauntingly beautiful brush work give most of the album a warm foundation, while Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey shine through with eminent dexterity on bass and drums on "Greensleeves." As for Guaraldi, his penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriad glistening trees, and powdery white landscapes. With its blend of contemporary jazz and lyrical mannerisms, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season. [MNT's 2006 40th Anniversary Edition greatly expanded the original album's offerings -- including several bonus tracks, a second CD of cover versions, and a third CD of Charlie Brown holiday classics.] ~ Shawn Haney

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 21, 2007

Genre: Piano

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 3

Label Name: Fantasy

UPC: 628261316120

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Charlie Brown Christmas

Performers Vince Guaraldi Trio

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 21, 2007

Genre: Piano

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 3

Label Name: Fantasy

UPC: 628261316120


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.O Tannenbaum --
2.What Child Is This --
3.My Little Drum --
4.Linus and Lucy --
5.Christmas Time Is Here --
6.Christmas Time Is Here --
7.Skating --
8.Hark, the Herald Angels Sing --
9.Christmas Is Coming --
10.Fr Elise --
11.Christmas Song, The --
12.Greensleeves --
13.Christmas Is Coming - (alternate take) --
14.Christmas Song, The - (alternate take) --
15.Greensleeves - (alternate take) --
16.Christmas Time Is Here - (alternate take) --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Christmas Is Coming --
2.Just Like Me --
3.Linus and Lucy --
4.It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year --
5.My Little Drum --
6.Skating --
7.Christmas Time Is Here --
8.O Tannenbaum --
9.Red Baron --
10.Christmas Song, The --
11.Fr Elise --
12.Christmas Time Is Here (Reprise) --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Joe Cool - (previously unreleased) --
2.Surfin' Snoopy - (previously unreleased) --
3.Heartburn Waltz - (previously unreleased) --
4.Track Meet - (previously unreleased) --
5.Camptown Races - (previously unreleased) --
6.Oh, Good Grief - (previously unreleased) --
7.Charlie Brown Theme --
8.Schroeder --
9.Charlie's Blues - (previously unreleased) --
10.Great Pumpkin Waltz - (previously unreleased) --
11.Thanksgiving Theme - (previously unreleased) --
12.Linus and Lucy --
13.Christmas Time Is Here --
14.Christmas Time Is Here --

Editorial Notes

Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: 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. "What Child Is This" touches on cool jazz's richly textured percussive nuances, while "The Christmas Song" reflects Christmas' relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned "Linus and Lucy" gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its tantalizing meter changes, brilliant percussion, and dashing, humorous piano lines. "Christmastime Is Here," perhaps the album's most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. This collection of soul-soothing melodies would not be complete without the romantic gem "Skating," which blends musical references to falling snowflakes with the dashing feel of swing. Finally, the uplifting, emotionally stirring swing tune "Christmas Is Coming" really brings the listener into the joyous light of the Christmas spirit. Fred Marshall's alluring walking basslines and drummer Jerry Granelli's hauntingly beautiful brush work give most of the album a warm foundation, while Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey shine through with eminent dexterity on bass and drums on "Greensleeves." As for Guaraldi, his penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriad glistening trees, and powdery white landscapes. With its blend of contemporary jazz and lyrical mannerisms, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season. [MNT's 2006 40th Anniversary Edition greatly expanded the original album's offerings -- including several bonus tracks, a second CD of cover versions, and a third CD of Charlie Brown holiday classics.] ~ Shawn Haney
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