Cast Your Fate to the Wind: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

Cast Your Fate to the Wind: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

by Vince Guaraldi Trio

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Here is Vince Guaraldi's breakthrough album -- musically, commercially, in every which way. After numerous records as a leader or sideman, for the first time a recognizable Guaraldi piano style emerges, with whimsical phrasing all his own, a madly swinging right hand and occasional boogie-influenced left hand, and a distinctive, throat-catching, melodic improvisational gift. The first half of the program is taken up by cover versions of tunes from the Antonio Carlos Jobim/Luiz Bonfa score for the film Black Orpheus, recorded just as bossa nova was taking hold in America. These are genuinely jazz-oriented impressions in a mainstream boppish manner, with only a breath of samba from Monty Budwig (bass) and Colin Bailey (drums) in the opening minute of "Samba de Orpheus"; an edited version of this haunting song was issued as a 45 rpm single. But DJs soon began flipping the single over to play the B-side, a wistful, unforgettably catchy Guaraldi tune called "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" that opens the North American half of the album. The tune became a surprise hit; Fantasy redesigned the cover to call attention to it, and Vince was on his way to fame as one of Latin and mainstream jazz's most irresistible composers. The whole album evokes the ambience of San Francisco's jazz life in the 1960s as few others do -- and such is this record's appeal that even non-jazz and non-Latin music people have been grooving to this music ever since it came out.

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Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072323285
catalogNumber: 32328
Rank: 13279

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Cast Your Fate to the Wind: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From childhood, I would sit every year and watch the "Charlie Brown" specials and even though the obvious attraction to those loveable characters was indeed there, there was that unique background soundtrack that made those specials even more "special". Vince Guaraldi's music has taken me from being a little boy that didn't quite understand what it was about his music that moved me so, to an adult that has come to understand that we all carry a piece of our own "music" with us. When a master musician like Mr. Guaraldi puts forth something as simple and yet as strong Linus & Lucy and it becomes a springboard to the appreciation of deeper and even more moving pieces like "Cast your fate to the Wind", I can only say that the boy that sat and watched the "Peanuts" characters with such joy and at times, sadness, as a man still holds much of the boy but thanks to the kind of moving inspiration in all of Vince Guaraldi's music, I can only say that if a bio is ever written about this great artist (if hasn't been written already), I think that the title above, as it came to me, would be just fine if I may be so bold. To all who share in my admiration for his music and talent, were'nt we lucky that Charles Schultz found his music appropriate enough for his "Peanuts" specials, and yet gave us music to enjoy as adults too, with the "child" within us still holding on to those scenes from all the specials. If I may; Thank you Vince!, I'll keep listening to your music until it time for me to move on.