Generally speaking, I don’t care much for sequels.
I’d be pleased to report that my objections are particularly innovative or insightful but that’s just not the case. The reality is I find sequels distasteful because they rarely add anything to the our understanding of the original and, really, represent nothing more than a money grab, an attempt to sell people the same good of bills twice.
That screed aside, I’ve already got one 2010 sequel on my must-experience list. That is the latest album from Santa Cruz pianist George Winston, “Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2.”
Released earlier this month, the disc follows up on first tribute to the Bay Area pianist-composer, “Lucy and Linus: The Music of Vince Guaraldi” (1996). That album remains among my favorite Winston efforts due not only to the quality of his performances – ever tasteful and quietly dynamic – but also for the memories it hearkens of the “Charlie Brown” specials of my youth. Guaraldi died in 1976 at 47 years old.
While the first volume featured Winston performing many of Guaraldi’s best known tracks – “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” “Skating,” “The Great Pumpkin Waltz,” the title tune – the second has him focusing on later compositions. This is from the NPR website:
With his latest album, Winston aims to add his flair to other Guaraldi works – from full songs to smaller music cues, used as interludes. Winston says he appreciates Guaraldi’s music for being not only timeless, but also ageless.
“Some of Vince’s music is adult music for kids and kids’ music for adults,” he tells NPR host Michel Martin in a recent interview. “It’s just great music and great playing.”
Winston only met Guaraldi a few times, but says he’s felt a deep connection to the composer ever since he was youngster and would hold up a tape recorder to the family TV set, just to capture his music. The pianist names Guaraldi among his three favorite composers – the others being New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair and the Doors – all of whose work he has attempted to master.
Click here to hear an NPR interview with Winston and tracks from the new album.
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