Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jazz for Peanuts – A Retrospective of the Charlie Brown Television Themes

David Benoit & Various Artists
Since breaking through to instrumental stardom in the mid-80s with his inimitable jazz-funk version of "Linus and Lucy," Benoit has regaled hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide with frequent tributes to Vince Guaraldi and the music of Peanuts. His ongoing passion culminates with Jazz For Peanuts - A Retrospective of the Charlie Brown Television Themes, a celebration of Guaraldi's impact on several generations of jazz musicians featuring six dynamic new tracks, (three composed by Benoit, three by Guaraldi), five of which are newly expanded arrangements of TV cues that have never been previously
recorded. Complementing these fresh cuts are Guaraldi's original classic recording of "Linus And Lucy" and themes by Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Dave Grusin (performed by Kenny G), that appeared on the This Is America, Charlie Brown series of TV specials that aired in the late 80s. These themes were eventually expanded into original recordings by these artists on their respective projects and now included in this Peak Records retrospective.

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