A Charlie Brown Christmas [40th Anniversary]

A Charlie Brown Christmas [40th Anniversary]

by Vince Guaraldi Trio


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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz's work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. "What Child Is This" touches on cool jazz's richly textured percussive nuances, while "The Christmas Song" reflects Christmas' relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned "Linus and Lucy" gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its tantalizing meter changes, brilliant percussion, and dashing, humorous piano lines. "Christmastime Is Here," perhaps the album's most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. This collection of soul-soothing melodies would not be complete without the romantic gem "Skating," which blends musical references to falling snowflakes with the dashing feel of swing. Finally, the uplifting, emotionally stirring swing tune "Christmas Is Coming" really brings the listener into the joyous light of the Christmas spirit. Fred Marshall's alluring walking basslines and drummer Jerry Granelli's hauntingly beautiful brush work give most of the album a warm foundation, while Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey shine through with eminent dexterity on bass and drums on "Greensleeves." As for Guaraldi, his penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriad glistening trees, and powdery white landscapes. With its blend of contemporary jazz and lyrical mannerisms, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season. [MNT's 2006 40th Anniversary Edition greatly expanded the original album's offerings -- including several bonus tracks, a second CD of cover versions, and a third CD of Charlie Brown holiday classics.] ~ Shawn Haney

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2007
Label: Monster Music
UPC: 0050644441523
catalogNumber: 4415

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Guaraldi Trio   Primary Artist
Vanessa Williams   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Duran   Guitar
Vince Guaraldi   Piano
Dave Koz   Saxophone
Jerry Granelli   Drums
Norman Brown   Guitar
Mike Clark   Drums
Brian McKnight   Vocals
Toni Braxton   Vocals
Alex Al   Electric Bass
Colin Bailey   Drums
David Benoit   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor,Bells,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Strings
Rick Braun   Flugelhorn
Monty Budwig   Bass
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Dave Carpenter   Acoustic Bass
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Lee Charlton   Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
John Coppola   Trumpet
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
Bill Fitch   Conga
Grant Geissman   Electric Guitar
Tom Harrell   Trumpet
Bill Heller   Keyboards
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Eric Marienthal   Saxophone
Fred Marshall   Bass
Seward McCain   Bass
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Benny Velarde   Timbales
John Wittenberg   Violin
David Nathan   Keyboards
Robert Peterson   Violin
John Michael Gray   Guitar
Emanuel Klein   Trumpet
John Scott Trotter   Conductor
Wayne Bergeron   Viola
Norm Hughes   Violin
Glen Conkite   Drums
Frank Snow   Trumpet
Rudy Stein   Cello
Laurence Greenfield   Violin
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Tyrone Chase   Guitar
Ruth Bruegger   Violin
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Prescott Ellison   Drums
Dan Tobin Smith   Cello
Chris Loftlin   Bass
John Pompeo   Drums
Karen Van Sant   Viola
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Chuck Bennett   Trombone
Russ Freeman   Guitar,Keyboards
Patrick Firth   Bass

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Mel Tormé   Composer
Brian McKnight   Arranger,Producer
David Benoit   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,String Conductor
Stephen Hart   Remixing
Keri Lewis   Vocal Producer
Rob Mathes   Vocal Producer
Ron Moss   Executive Producer
Cheryl Pawelski   Reissue Producer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Brian Vibberts   Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
George Wyle   Composer
Joel Selvin   Liner Notes
Larry Kelp   Liner Notes
John Scott Trotter   Arranger
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Jan Folkson   Vocal Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
Jeff Wakolbinger   Engineer
Joshua Blanchard   Engineer
George Gumbs   Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer
Russ Freeman   Arranger,Producer

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