Vince Guaraldi: Cast Your Fate to the Wind


Cast Your Fate to the Wind


Vince Guaraldi (piano)


Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus (Fantasy OJCCD 437-2)

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Vince Guaraldi (piano), Monty Budwig (bass), Colin Bailey (drums).

Composed by Vince Guaraldi


Recorded: San Francisco, November 1961-February 1962


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Pop Quiz: when issued as a 45-rpm single in late 1962, "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" was side B. What was side A? Proving record companies don't know good from gold, "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" finished among the bestselling singles of 1963, carried its album release to similar success, and won a Grammy as Best Original Jazz Composition. Alternating pedal point and Latin beat before breaking into 4/4 jazz, combining a funky left hand with Floyd Cramer-style right hand, Vince shows the virtuous simplicity of less is more. And, oh yes, "Samba de Orpheus" was side A.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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