The Complete Warner Bros-Seven Arts Recordings

The Complete Warner Bros-Seven Arts Recordings

by Vince GuaraldiVince Guaraldi


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After years of struggle with Fantasy Records, Vince Guaraldi finally extricated himself from his contract. In 1968, he signed with Warner Bros.' Seven Arts imprint. All three Seven Arts albums and four bonus tracks are included in this double set from Omnivore, representing the final sides Guaraldi cut for a major during his lifetime. Warner wanted to play it safe. The first nine tracks on disc one come from Oh, Good Grief!, a series of Peanuts themes. However, the title track and "Linus and Lucy" reveal how this set differs from anything he previously recorded. The pianist overdubs electric harpsichord onto his acoustic piano on all but two tracks, and gives guitarist Eddie Duran an electric. This set is one of Guaraldi's finest albums. Its different shadings, textures, and tones make the music energetic, swinging. Duran's electric guitar and the harpsichord add a pronounced thump to the material. Other highlights include the R&B-tinged "Peppermint Patty" and the grooving "Red Baron." The other two albums have never been digitally reissued prior to this set. The easy explanation is because they flopped. On The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi in 1969, the pianist was given creative control, and went wild. He used two sets of backing musicians and an 11-piece string section on four of the set's nine tunes. His acoustic jazz trio is present on only two selections. He also played guitar and sang on a pair of truly awful covers of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe" and "Black Sheep Boy." Despite the excess, there is great music here, including the rocking "Lucifer's Lady" (which appeared edited in A Boy Named Charlie Brown that year), the acoustic trio and strings on a lilting read of the Beatles' "Yesterday," and the trio's take on "It Was a Very Good Year," which is quietly dramatic. The bonus material commences disc two, and among the four tunes is a rocking cover of "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" with the electric harpsichord and Duran's six-string offering crack solos. "The Sharecropper's Daughter" is an excellent New Orleans-style stride boogie. At Warner's insistence, Shorty Rogers produced Alma-Ville. It's a focused improvement over Eclectic. The harpsichord is gone, but the different sets of sidemen remain. Highlights include the title cut -- a gorgeous update from his 1962 debut album, Cast Your Fate to the Wind: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus -- while "The Masked Marvel" is a tight original that nods directly at Ramsey Lewis. The samba-fied read of Duke Pearson's "Christo Redentor" is striking for its slippery groove, bluesy vamp, and 12-string acoustic solo. "Rio from the Air" (another samba-drenched jazz tune) and the breezy bossa of "Watch What Happens" (from the film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) are highlights as well. Despite the intense focus and creativity on display, it didn't matter: Warner didn't offer a promotional budget and left Alma-Ville to clutter the retail bins. Omnivore commissioned Michael Graves to do a high-definition 24/96 mix, highlighting the essential place this music has in Guaraldi's discography. This cannot be overstated. This is essential for any fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2018
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651011469
catalogNumber: 101146
Rank: 28258

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Guaraldi   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Electric Harpsichord
Eddie Duran   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Peter Marshall   Bass
Colin Bailey   Drums
Rubens Bassini   Percussion
Kelly Bryan   Bass
Monty Budwig   Bass
Jesse Ehrlich   Celli
Cecil Figelski   Viola
Stanley Gilbert   Bass
Nathan Kaproff   Violin
Dan Lube   Violin
Bob Maize   Electric Bass
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Dom Um Romão   Drums
Gloria Strassner   Celli
Samuel Cytron   Violin
John Santulis   Violin
Sidney Sharp   Violin
Carl Burnett   Drums
Jim McCabe   Electric Bass
Robert Addison   Electric Guitar
Coster   Drums
Sebastião Neto   Bass Guitar
Nicholas Pisani   Violin
Gerald Granelli   Drums

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Duke Pearson   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Producer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Sonny Bono   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Edwin Hawkins   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Leo Kulka   Engineer,Cover Photo
Pelligrini   String Arrangements
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction,Cover Photo
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Charles Schultz   Cover Art
Derrick Bang   Liner Notes

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