Though largely ignored by critics, Vince Guaraldi developed one of the most distinctive, original, and joyous sounds in jazz piano. (Perhaps only Thelonious Monk is as instantly recognizable.)
However, Guaraldi did not really find his “voice” on the instrument until 1962's Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus. His prior recordings, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Flower Is a Lovesome Thing, and Jazz Impressions (which is really just a sampler of the two former works) are simply unexceptional West Coast jazz. The lightness of mood on these three early albums is further accentuated by the absence of a drummer.
Vince Guaraldi has often been labelled “easy listening.” For the most part, that characterization is unfair, and reflects the accessibility of his work rather than its artistic merit. On these first three albums, however, the characterization is very apt...
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1 Django (Lewis) 4:55
2 Fenwyck Farel (Guaraldi) 4:04
3 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern) 4:02
4 Room at the Bottom (Guaraldi) 4:30
5 A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing (Strayhorn) 5:40
6 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) 5:17
7 Autumn Leaves (Kosma, Mercer, Prévert) 4:22
8 Three Coins in the Fountain (Cahn, Styne) 4:06
Vince Guaraldi - p
Eddie Duran - g
Dean Reilly - b
Recorded between 1956 & 1957