Vince Guaraldi, Charlie Brown Christmas, cover

Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas

Don’t be fooled, potentially, by sentiment from the CBS television special, sponsored by Coke, and having aired on TV every year since December 9, 1965.

It’s a beautifully restrained, subtle jazz work overlying a comic medium frequently ignored for its existential subtleties. (The potentially-horrific meaninglessness of existence, and all that.)

For example, “Greensleeves,” an Elizabethan ballad possibly-referencing the love of prostitutes.

Enjoy…!

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