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Monty Budwig

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A very valuable bassist who on the West Coast was part of a countless number of recordings sessions, Monty Budwig could always be relied upon to swing a band, take melodic solos and play the perfect note for the right situation while being content to remain in the background. Budwig played bass while in high school, gigged with Vido Musso in 1951 and then spent three years in the Air Force during which he had the opportunity to play in a military band. In 1954 he moved to Los Angeles where he eventually became a fixture in the studios and was greatly in demand for West Coast-style jazz groups. Among Budwig's many musical experiences were playing with Barney Kessel, the Red Norvo Trio (1954-55), Zoot Sims, Woody Herman's Orchestra (1955-56), Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers, Terry Gibbs, Benny Goodman, Carmen McRae, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, the Lighthouse All Stars in the 1980's and Ellyn Rucker. Although he appeared on many records (including a few dozen for the Concord label in the 1970's and 80's), Monty Budwig only led one record date of his own, 1978's Dig (for Concord) which included his wife Arlette McCoy on electric piano.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Side A: O Tannenbaum; What Child Is This; My Little Drum; Linus & Lucy; Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental). Side B: Christmas Time Is Here (vocal); Skating; Hark, The Herald Angels Sing; Christmas Is Coming; Für Elise; The Christmas Song; Greensleeves.

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Article: History of Jazz

Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla" reviewed by Arthur R George


It's not simply that pianist Vince Guaraldi slipped jazz past the unsuspecting in composing A Charlie Brown Christmas, the evergreen “Peanuts" animation and soundtrack that has become inescapably part of the holiday. First broadcast in 1965, going on to six decades ago, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a tradition unto itself. It returns to television through ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Vince Guaraldi’s Classic Peanuts Soundtrack Music Reissued on LP

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Classic Peanuts Soundtrack Music Reissued on LP" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


When television producer Lee Mendelson heard jazz pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi's hit single “Cast Your Fate to the Wind" on his car radio, he thought he had found the right composer for the soundtrack to the documentary on Charles Schultz's cartoon series Peanuts that he was working on. Guaraldi indeed turned out to be the perfect man ...

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Music from the Soundtrack

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: Linus and Lucy; Graveyard Theme; Snoopy and the Leaf/Frieda (With the Naturally Curly Hair); The Great Pumpkin Waltz; Linus and Lucy (Reprise); Charlie Brown Theme/Happy Linus; The Great Pumpkin Waltz (Reprise); The Red Baron/Military Drum March; The Great Pumpkin Waltz (2nd Reprise); Trick or Treat; Fanfare/Breathless/Trick or Treat (Reprise); Charlie Brown Theme (Reprise); Breathless; It’s a Long Way to Tipperary/There’s a Long, Long Trail A-Winding/Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag/Roses of Picardy; Trick or Treat (2nd Reprise); Linus and Lucy (2nd Reprise); Charlie Brown Theme (2nd Reprise).

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Davis Wilson

Read "Meet Davis Wilson" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Jeopardy contestant, amateur pianist, dance teacher, actor, sailor, postal worker, our July Super Fan has lived all over the place and done it all. Now based in St. Paul, Minnesota, he met “zillions of artists" as keeper of the flame at the old Artists' Quarter jazz club. But he stumbled upon one of the most memorable ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte

Read "I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


In questo nuovo blocco di riedizioni Xanadu, pubblicate dalla Elemental, dopo la puntata dedicata ai sassofonisti, ci occupiamo soprattutto di pianisti, ovviamente legati alla scuola bop secondo le preferenze stilistiche del produttore Don Schlitten: Kenny Drew, Dolo Coker e Barry Harris. Questi non sono leader in tutti i dischi ma il loro contributo è sempre centrale. ...

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Article: Album Review

David Angel Big Band: Camshafts and Butterflies

Read "Camshafts and Butterflies" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Like the proverbial tree falling in an empty forest, if a big band plays but no one hears it, does it still make a sound? That's basically the story of the David Angel Big Band, which has been rehearsing nearly every week for well-nigh half a century but has been heard by almost no one until ...

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News: Video / DVD

Weekend Extra: Shelly Manne and Friends

Weekend Extra: Shelly Manne and Friends

From 1960 to 1972 in Hollywood, drummer Shelly Manne operated Shelly’s Manne Hole, one of the great jazz clubs in the world. It was headquarters for his quintet known as Shelly Manne And His Men, which over the years included many of the era’s premier players, among them Charlie Mariano, Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, ...

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News: Recording

Concord Music Group Reissues Vince Guaraldi's "A Boy Named Charlie Brown"

Concord Music Group Reissues Vince Guaraldi's "A Boy Named Charlie Brown"

Remastered vinyl and CD recordings mark 50th anniversary of the soundtrack to a TV documentary that never aired LOS ANGELES, CA: Most of us recall A Charlie Brown Christmas—the classic animated special that originally aired on network television during the holiday season of 1965—as the moment when pianist Vince Guaraldi first breathed life into the entire ...


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