Sunday, July 26, 2015

CD Review: The Concord Music Group Pays Tribute To The Vince Guaraldi Trio With The Best "Peanuts"

One of the most beloved comics of all-time is the "Peanuts." Following the adventures of Charlie Brown and gang is almost a rite of passage when growing up in America. Their "made for TV" Christmas movie is timeless and this November, the "Peanuts" will be featured in their first computer animated feature-length film. But, not only was it the simplistic animation that captured our attention, but it was also the jazzy music associated with it. For many of us, the "Peanuts'" shorts were our introduction to jazz music as their soundtracks made the musical genre fun and attractive for all ages. Providing these wonderful melodies was pianist Vince Guaraldi and his trio. Now, over fifty years since that first "Peanuts" cartoon, the Concord Music Group has compiled some of the best songs from the history of the "Peanuts" for a "Greatest Hits" compilation.

The new twelve song release begins with one of the most well-known jazz songs of all-time, "Linus And Lucy." The rhythmic piano progression is just so fun and energetic that it instantly lifts your spirits. The "Baseball Theme" has that underlining melody of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game," which easily puts you in the mood to play ball, while "Little Birdie" showcases the rare vocals of Vince Guaraldi as he sings his song for Snoopy's sidekick Woodstock. The second half of this album covers the holidays with the "Great Pumpkin Waltz" for Halloween and the "Thanksgiving Theme," which lead us into four songs from one of the best selling Christmas albums of all time, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." This release closes with Charlie Brown and the gang singing the timeless "Christmas Time Is Here."

Also included is a new write-up by famed jazz writer Derrick Bang about the impact of the Vince Guaraldi Trio's music to the "Peanuts" cartoons. To find out more about this new greatest hits set, please visit

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