Charlie Brown Suite & Other Favorites
September 6, 2003

PRODUCERS: Dawn Atkinson, David Guaraldi
Bluebird 82876-53900

Twenty-seven years after his death, Vince Guaraldi's musical contribution to the Charlie Brown animated TV specials remains a beloved and instantly recognizable sound. Here, recently discovered recordings find Guaraldi and trio paired with the Amici Della Music ensemble live in 19689. During the course of 40 minutes, Charles M. Schulz's celebrated characters are brought to life in Guaraldi's orchestral arrangements, to which he contributes his own sublime meditations on Charlie Brown, Linus and the gang. Guaraldi's musicianship is top-notch. He leads the ensemble through a rocking "Pettermint Patty," pounding a bassline with his left hand while dashing off boogie-style runs with his right. Conversely, the delicate "Rain, Rain Go Away" and "The Charlie Brown Theme" are pretty, almost melancholy contemplations. Also included is Guaraldi's Grammy Award-winning composition "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," recorded live in 1962.