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Vince Guaraldi Trio


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San Francisco, United States (1954 – 1976)

The Vince Guaraldi Trio was a group fronted by pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi. Most well-known in its acoustic piano-drums-bass configuration, the trio provided music for a number of animated productions of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strips. Guaraldi’s distinctively breezy, bluesy, and melancholy jazz has become an indelible part of Peanuts’ timeless legacy. Their soundtrack for the 1965 Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is one of the biggest-selling and most critically successful Christmas albums of all time.

The San Francisco-based trio was first formed around 1954, then in a piano-guitar-bass configuration. Starting with the release of the group’s self-titled debut album on Fantasy in 1956, Guaraldi would remain on the label for some time. Guaraldi’s early recordings were decidedly low-key and morose compared to the work for which he would become famous, but his trademark melancholy and distinctive instrumental voicings, including his deep basslines, were indelible parts of his aesthetic framework from the very beginning.

Influenced by the Brazilian film Black Orpheus (1959)—whose soundtrack was a large part of the impending Bossa nova craze—the trio recorded the album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus (1962), having by this point settled into their now familiar piano-bass-drums lineup. The album featured renditions of songs from the film, as well as a number of originals; one such song was “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” which would, within a year, become one of the most commercially successful jazz instrumentals of its time, notably winning a Grammy for Best Instrumental Song.


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  • mu7ch

    Best Christmas album hands down.

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nolteCOD

    Its not Christmas without the Charlie Brown Christmas Soundrack

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • donuted

    christmas time

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Dr_Johnny_Skinz

    How are y'all cool cats doing this fine day?

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Bastard1


    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Lewanbrowski

    I can't help how much I love Christmas time is here

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • vinnidp

    oh my god it's not even christmas yet

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • acclamationsun

    Vince Guaraldi has a lot of music that isn't related to the famous Christmas show. Please try "Charlie Brown theme" - a lovely mix of jazz from the New Orleans style, the New York City style, and the Los Angeles style. Guaraldi has 5 or 6 albums.

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    goodnight my love, see you next year

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PapaParleone

    seems like its christmas!

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mrmocha

    That chart is hilarious. People love their charlie brown christmas.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • madboy

    soothes my soul

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pxige

    <3 <3 <3

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DaSchtaishOne

    the album "Oaxaca" is really funky and jazzy. some of his best work (1971) other than peanuts xmas of course....

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • vinnidp

    It's that time of the year again?

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • donuthoes

    time to break out the christmas album

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • reagan0

    Say, has anyone else, here, listened to any of Vince's non-Peanuts related material? It's really good. I've had Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, and Vince Guaraldi at Grace Cathedral on vinyl, for years, and only recently converted them to digital. I'm happily reacquainting myself to them.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • reagan0

    When it comes to VGT, it's Christmas, 365.25 days a year.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ilsik00

    it's march. and still good

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Nokxy

    Best Christmas album. No other in the running. [4]

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
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