The Very Best of Vince Guaraldi contains 14 tracks from Fantasy sessions between 1957 and 1966, including Guaraldi's 1962 Grammy winning hit, "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," from Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus.
"Certainly a Very Best of Vince Guaraldi collection has to feature some of the beloved Peanuts themes - like ‘Linus and Lucy' and ‘Christmas Time Is Here' - that made him a household name," says Nick Phillips, Vice President of Catalog and Jazz A&R at Concord Music Group and producer of the series. "But by the same token, as this collection illustrates, there's much more to the artistry of Vince Guaraldi than his perennially popular Peanuts compositions, and more to him than the fame that he acquired with the hit ‘Cast Your Fate to the Wind.' He did some really fun and inventive things with his arrangements and there's a contagious joyfulness in his playful piano style and in his interactions with his supporting musicians. He had a rare gift for creating music that's not only interesting to devout jazz listeners, but also accessible and memorable to those that might not consider themselves hardcore jazz fans."