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This timeless album delights in at least two ways: as a heartwarming evocation of the cartoon character Charlie Brown and his buddies, and as a satisfying slice of ‘60s west coast jazz. In the ‘50s, the San Francisco-born composer/pianist Vince Guaraldi played with artists such as Woody Herman and Cal Tjader. By the time he recorded A Boy Named Charlie Brown — the album he is best known for — he had also released several recordings as a leader, including Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus and Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete & Friends. Here, heading up a trio that includes bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Colin Bailey, Guaraldi charms throughout. The pianist had an affinity for bossa nova: the breezy “Pebble Beach” might be named after a town in California but its laid back groove is clearly Brazilian. “Schroeder” appropriately displays a classical influence, linking it to Charlie Brown’s piano-playing friend of the same name. And of course, there’s the catchy “Linus and Lucy.” Charlie Brown wraps up with a bonus cut, a nice reading of the standard, “Fly Me to the Moon.” This much-loved album was recorded in the mid-‘60s and seems likely to remain a holiday favorite for years to come.

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this is a great contribution to the peanuts cartoons of which i love. very good jazz music to, and for those who remember the peanuts of just like jazz this (especially Linus and Lucy) is a must buy.

All That Charlie Jazz!

This is a fun album. If you like Jazz and are at least over 20, you'll remember Charlie Brown. Under 20, you might not know him, since they rarely show the holiday specials anymore! Also, get "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Good Grief!

The Coolest

You might not know any of the titles but when you hear the actual song you're like, "Oh yeah." When you hear it. Thats why I love the Charlie Brown music by Vince Guaraldi.


Born: July 17, 1928 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Vince Guaraldi was a well-respected jazz pianist whose greatest success came from avenues usually closed to contemporary jazz artists: he enjoyed a hit single at a time when jazz had largely been exiled from the pop charts, and he scored a series of very successful animated television specials, a medium where cookie-cutter pop music was traditionally the order of the day. Vincent Anthony Guaraldi was born in San Francisco, California on July 17, 1928. A loyal son of the Bay Area, Guaraldi graduated...
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