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Vince GUARALDI Trio – Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus 1962

Posted in JAZZ, Vince GUARALDI on December 25, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Vince GUARALDI Trio – Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus 1962
Recorded Feb. 1962 at Station KQED
except ‘Since I Fell For You’, recorded November 1961.


Among the early ’60s wave of American jazzmen entranced by Brazilian music, none proved more ebullient than pianist Vince Guaraldi, whose homage to a 1959 film retelling the Orpheus myth as an underclass Rio de Janeiro romance proved a sleeper hit. With Guaraldi’s fleet, always rhythmic piano driving these concise trio settings, Black Orpheus remains a seductive delight, probing the then-exotic push and pull of samba with glee, but leaving ample room for more contemplative ballads that remain deeply affecting more than three decades after the album’s release. Luis Bonfa’s and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s music was the seed for the project, yielding a percolating “Samba de Orpheus” and the haunting ballad, “Manha de Carnaval,” but the album’s best-known performance remains Guaraldi’s own wistful and swinging “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” A surprise single hit in 1965, the song would later receive a more expansive pop cover, but it’s Guaraldi’s original that remains the superior performance–a wordless romantic reverie that speaks volumes in Guaraldi’s tender verses, muscular choruses, and romping bridge.
By Sam Sutherland.
Today he’s best known to most people as the man behind the classic PEANUTS music, but long before he jammed with Charlie Brown, Vince Guaraldi was making jazz inroads with his piano trio. As its title implies, JAZZ IMPRESSIONS OF BLACK ORPHEUS was Guaraldi’s take on the groundbreaking Jobim score for the BLACK ORPHEUS film. While most of the album finds the prescient Guaraldi getting in on the ground floor of the U.S. bossa nova craze (though his take on these tunes doesn’t feel particularly Brazilian), the key song here is in fact a Guaraldi original, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” With its simple harmonic progression and strong, sunny melody, this unassuming jazz tune somehow made its way to the top of the 1962 pop charts, a rare moment of true jazz crossover.
Here is Vince Guaraldi’s breakthrough album — musically, commercially, in every which way. After numerous records as a leader or sideman, for the first time a recognizable Guaraldi piano style emerges, with whimsical phrasing all his own, a madly swinging right hand and occasional boogie-influenced left hand, and a distinctive, throat-catching, melodic improvisational gift. The first half of the CD is taken up by cover versions of tunes from the Antonio Carlos [*]Jobim/Luiz Bonfa score for the film Black Orpheus, recorded just as bossa nova was taking hold in America. These are genuinely jazz-oriented impressions in a mainstream boppish manner, with only a breath of samba from Monty Budwig (bass) and Colin Bailey (drums) in the opening minute of “Samba de Orpheus”; an edited version of this haunting song was issued as a 45 rpm single. But DJs soon began flipping the single over to play the B-side, a wistful, unforgettably catchy Guaraldi tune called “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” that opens the North American half of the album. The tune became a surprise hit; Fantasy redesigned the cover to call attention to it, and Vince was on his way to fame as one of Latin and mainstream jazz’s most irresistible composers. The whole album evokes the ambience of San Francisco’s jazz life in the 1960s as few others do — and such is this record’s appeal that even non-jazz and non-Latin music people have been grooving to this music ever since it came out. ”
Jazz impression of Black Orpheus. In the early 60s, the Brazilian import called bossa nova swept through jazz. The music’s most prominent composer was Antoinio Carlos Jobim, and his score for the 1959 motion
picture Black Orpheus was packed with songs adopted by jazz musicians. Vince Guaraldi was one of the earliest to grasp the possibilities of bossa nova and recorded four of the Black Orpheus pieces in this 1962
album. He also played two standards and two of his own compositions. One of those originals was a pleasantly rhythmic little melody called “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” which cut like a beam of sunshine through the
pop music gloom of the day, beat the odds against quality music and illuminated the upper regions of the national sales charts for nearly
half a year.
Vince Guaraldi- (Piano);
Monte Budwig- (Bass);
Colin Bailey- (Drums).
01. Samba De Orfeo 5:43
02. Manha de Carnaval (Morning Of The Carnival) 5:51
03. O Nosso Amor (Our Love) 4:57
04. Generique – A Felicidade (The Happiness) 4:48
05. Cast Your Fate To The Wind 3:10
06. Moon River 5:22
07. Alma-Ville 5:01
08. Since I Fell For You 4:23
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