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Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Steven R. Seim | Beaver Dam, WI United States | 07/19/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Though largely ignored by critics, Vince Guaraldi developed one of the most distinctive, original, and joyous sounds in jazz piano. (Perhaps only Thelonious Monk is as instantly recognizable.)However, Guaraldi did not really find his "voice" on the instrument until 1962's "Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus." His prior recordings, "Vince Guaraldi Trio," "Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," and "Jazz Impressions" (which is really just a sampler of the two former works) are simply unexceptional West Coast jazz. The lightness of mood on these three early albums is further accentuated by the absence of a drummer.Vince Guaraldi has often been labelled "easy listening." For the most part, that characterization is unfair, and reflects the accessibility of his work rather than its artistic merit. On these first three albums, however, the characterization is very apt."
A Guaraldi album is a lovesome thing
George J. Filip | Philadelphia, PA | 04/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This collection of music is quiet but addictive. Though not as upbeat and toe-tapping as many of his CD's, it may be one of the best. The tunes are so clever and well thought out that they take you by surprize. It's full of subtle turns and lyrical lines. Vince Guaraldi's sense of melody and timing is delicious, his phrasing never gets old, and he never loses you. I thought about purchasing his greatest hits CD until I realized that every Guaraldi CD plays like a greatest hits collection, so I bought them all! This one, in particular, is for rainy days and late-night pondering, or reminiscing while drinking the good stuff."
Maxwell Keeler | Washington, DC USA | 11/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After purchasing the Vince Guaraldi Trio's self titled album, which is a marvelous work, I was braced to be disappointed. Wrong. "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing" shows a riskier, more experimental side of the Trio and the results are entrancing. My only critique of the album is that Vince takes center stage and the rest of the Trio is purely background, but hey, it is the "Vince Guaraldi Trio" after all."