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A Charlie Brown Christmas [Starbucks Exclusive]

A Charlie Brown Christmas [Starbucks Exclusive]

by Vince Guaraldi Trio Vince Guaraldi Trio
A Charlie Brown Christmas [Starbucks Exclusive]

A Charlie Brown Christmas [Starbucks Exclusive]

by Vince Guaraldi Trio Vince Guaraldi Trio
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Overview

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. 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. [A Starbucks Exclusive edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas was released in 1997.] ~ Shawn Haney


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Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2021
Label: Universal Japan
UPC: 4988031455654
catalogNumber: 3145565
Rank: 49876

Tracks

  1. O Tannenbaum
  2. What Child Is This
  3. My Little Drum
  4. Linus and Lucy
  5. Christmas Time Is Here
  6. Christmas Time Is Here
  7. Skating
  8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  9. Christmas Is Coming
  10. Für Elise
  11. The Christmas Song

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