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Vince Guaraldi – Oh Good Grief! – Omnivore Records/Warner Bros 

Vince Guaraldi – Oh Good Grief! – Omnivore Records/Warner Bros 

Reinterpreted “Peanuts” themes stand the test of time on Vince Guaraldi’s 1st Warner Bros album (1968)… Vince Guaraldi – Oh Good Grief! – Omnivore Records/Warner Bros ORLP-287 – stereo LP – 1968 – 27 min. – ****1/2 (Vince Guaraldi – piano, electric harpsichord; Eddie Duran – electric guitar; Stanley Gilbert – bass; Carl Burnett – drums) Vince Guaraldi’s career took off in 1960 after the single “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” caught the public’s fancy and climbed the pop music charts. However, what cemented Vince’s place in popular culture were his compositions written for the seasonal “Peanuts” cartoon TV specials. There was a charm and jauntiness to the catchy melodies that set off the witty dialogue written for Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, “Pig-Pen,” and the inimitable beagle, Snoopy. The specials were hits with children, and the hip musical accompaniment appealed to their parents. Vince Guaraldi was a San Francisco based jazz pianist, who was also well known as a member of vibraphonist Cal Tjader’s combo. Vince was a creative musician, who also had a strong interest in Bossa Nova music. He recorded several albums with guitarist, Bola Sete, for the Fantasy Record label. For his first album for […]

Benson – In Flight – Warner Brothers

Benson – In Flight – Warner Brothers

Benson – In Flight – Warner Brothers 0798 (1977)/Pure Pleasure (2017) stereo vinyl, 37:56 ****: Jazz guitarist’s foray into pop sounds great on re-mastered vinyl. (George Benson – guitar, vocals; Phil Upchurch – rhythm guitar; Ronnie Foster – electric piano, Mini-Moog; Jorge Dalto – clavinet, acoustic piano; Stanley Banks – bass; Harvey Mason – drums; Ralph MacDonald – percussion; Claus Ogerman – orchestra arrangements/conductor) As the rock era waned in the seventies, many other genres were waiting in the wings. Funk, punk, reggae and heavy metal emerged with an unexpected return to elaborate studio production. A lot of the inspiration for this came from the renewed interest in dance, especially the disco phenomenon. Artists gleefully jumped on the bandwagon, including jazz artists like George Benson. Benson came to prominence as a twenty-one year old guitarist with Jack McDuff. He eventually fronted his own band and recorded for CTI. But when he signed with Warner Brothers, he released the Grammy-winning album, Breezin’ , that including the hit crossover single, “Masquerade”. Now the veteran guitarist was a bona fide popular singer. This transition defined his future career path.  Pure Pleasure Records has re-mastered Benson’s 1977 release In Flight to 180-gram vinyl. The […]