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Album Review

In a year that also saw Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and Lalo Schifrin write jazz-based pieces for the church, Vince Guaraldi may have come up with the most effective sacred work of the four. Written for the completion of San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, Guaraldi's Mass fuses his mainstream and Latin strains comfortably and movingly underneath the plain vanilla Gregorian lines and Anglican plainchant of a 68-voice chorus. Sometimes all Vince does to create a beguiling effect is improvise arpeggios or have his trio engage in a hot bossa nova workout as the chorus chants on one note. Despite the immense size of the cathedral, this music produces an intimate, unpretentious and undeniably emotional response - and there is plenty of jazz content, particularly when Guaraldi's trio goes it alone for nearly a third of the work in the ruminative "Holy Communion Blues." By all means, check this beautiful, unusual album out. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Theme to Grace

This is absolutely one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. Whenever I hear this song on my Iphone I drop everything for 4+ minutes and just reflect. The combination of Guaraldi's piano playing and the chorus in the background is just spellbinding. I honestly believe this song is being played up in heaven as we speak.


One of the greatest albums ever

Absolute Staggering Beauty

Vince was a genius, that much is clear. One of my biggest piano influences, and just this album, marrying the mysticism of the Catholic mass to the emotion and love of jazz creates a fantastic display of beauty. I'm in awe, truly.


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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