Vince Guaraldi Trio

This San Francisco trio of the mid-1950s has a sparkling personality all its own with a refreshing lack of pretentiousness; an ebullient swing on the up-tempos, and a subtle, unhackneyed approach to ballads such as "Sweet and Lovely" and/or jazz standards such as John Lewis's "Django."

Vince Guaraldi and Eddie Duran had been longtime associates on the San Francisco music scene and their rapport is self-evident. Bassist Dean Reilly fit right in to help form a trio that is the epitome of "easy listening," without sounding like the King Cole Trio or any of the many other piano/guitar/bass trios so popular in the previous decade.