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Album Review

For this CD, Wynton and Ellis Marsalis perform music both old and new that is heard on the Peanuts television specials. Wynton's septet (altoist Wessell Anderson, Victor Goines on tenor, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Eric Reed, bassist Benjamin Wolfe, and drummer Herlin Riley in addition to the trumpeter-leader) jam on several of Marsalis' compositions, Ellis Marsalis' trio performs six of Vince Guaraldi's themes and, on "Little Birdie," an all-star group (including three of the Marsalises but not Wynton) back Germaine Bazzle's vocal. The music is reasonably enjoyable but not too substantial, worth getting even if it is not one of Wynton's more significant albums.

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By far the best Charlie Brown cover album

I have never been a huge fan of Wynton's jazz playing but I have to say he really comes through on this one. These guys play the crap out of these classic Guaraldi tracks with the soul & enthusiasm they deserve. All other efforts fall way short. Except, of course, Guaraldi's own recordings of his work. The recording quality is clean and transparent, really letting the playing shine through. A great buy if you are interested in hearing some fantastic treatments of these classics, in the way they should be played.

Ultra-cool rendition of Charlie Brown songs.

This is one of my Wynton Marsalis favorites! His rendition of the songs from the Peanuts Gang is SUPERB! I like the sax on "Why, Charlie Brown?". "Peppermint Patty" is beautiful! So are "Little Red-Haired Girl", "Linus & Lucy (Radio Edit)", "Buggy Ride", "Snoopy & Woodstock"...I can't name it all! The entire album is awesome!


This is an AMAZING piece of music. With all the solo's and so much work that has gone into what Wynton and Ellis have done. They truly have made Charlie Brown a jazz combo now.


Born: November 14, 1934 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

It is a bit ironic that Ellis Marsalis had to wait for sons Wynton and Branford to get famous before he was able to record on a regular basis, but Ellis finally received his long-overdue recognition. The father of six sons (including Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason), Ellis Marsalis' main importance to jazz may very well be as a jazz educator; his former pupils (in addition to his sons) include Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton, and Kent and Marlon Jordan,...
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