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Vince Guaraldi - Oh Good Grief!dotdotdot
artworkNow, you might think this is way out on a limb, with surf nowhere is sight, and you might be right. However, the connection is most obviously made in JFA's recording of Charlie Brown (actually Linus & Lucy), and more subtly made in understanding that Vince Guaraldi must have known about surf when these tracks were recorded in 1964. OK, the date doesn't mean much, but he did have a grand sense of the interdependence of melody and rhythm, and the importance of lag. If you listen through your surf generator, it becomes apparent that these tracks are just begging for a full reverb attack. Besides, there was a lot of West Coast jazz and exotica in surf back then, so maybe he was just a frustrated surf piano player. I only reviewed the one track that related to surf, but you will find this to be a very good CD to do computer work to, or spend a lazy summer afternoon with. Great frothy playful jazz.
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Linus and Lucy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Infectiously rhythmic tune, well delivered, surfingly arranged, and thumpy. The melody is a minor progression into the sunset, while the drum's tribal beat shout of a rutty dirt road down to the coastline across uncharted territory. Nice track.