Vince Guaraldi’s music is associated with the Peanuts specials. I know that’s where I first heard him play, and I was hooked. For this first "free" day of 2023, I wanted to feature an album from his pre-Peanuts days.
The Latin Side Of Vince Guaraldi came out in 1964. He started exploring Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms and how the music would sound when backed with a string quartet. Reviews on the album were mixed, but I like the songs on it and it’s good background music for doing other things.
Joining Vince on the album are members of his quartet: Eddie Duran (guitar), Fred Marshall (bass) and Jerry Granelli (drums). On the more Latin numbers, they’re joined by Bill Fitch (congas) and Benny Velarde (timbales). Five of the numbers feature the aforementioned string quartet, whose contributions were orchestrated by Jack Weeks.
- Mr. Lucky
- What Kind Of Fool Am I
- Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
- Work Song
- Treat Street
- Star Song
- Dor Que Faz Doer (Pain That Hurts)
And that’s (a somewhat tardy) Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 2, 2023.