Inspired by the 1959 French-Brazilian film Orfeu Negro (1959) (Black Orpheus) Guaraldi hit the studio with a new trio: Monty Budwig on bass, Colin Bailey on drums—and recorded his own interpretations of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s haunting soundtrack music. The 1962 album was called “Jazz Impression of Black Orpheus,” which was released on then-owner Saul Zaentz’s Fantasy Records, and “Samba De Orpheus” was the first selection released as a single. Combing the album for a suitable B-side number, Guaraldi’s producers finally made a new version of a modest original composition titled “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” which became a smash hit, and won the 1963 Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Composition. However, Guaraldi’s greatest fame came from scoring A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) (TV) in 1965, based on Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip, and he continued to score all the Peanuts television specials till his death.
On February 6, 1976, while waiting in a motel room between sets at Menlo Park’s Butterfield’s nightclub, Guaraldi died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 47.
Edited by rubydolls on 18 Sep 2008, 08:24
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-> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Guaraldi and back cover blurb from Vince’s Fantasy Records LPs from the 60s.
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