The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s much-loved 1965 Peanuts Christmas album is, simply put, perfect. But that hasn’t stopped a handful of Canadian indie stars from putting their own spin on the elegant, whimsical jazz tunes to raise funds for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Cuff the Duke’s Wayne Petti chimes in with a folkie, baroquey What Child Is This, while Jason Kenemy, one of the few to tackle Guaraldi’s accomplished piano parts, gives Christmas Time Is Here a go. Jill Barber offers up a slick, piano-bar rendition of The Christmas Song, while Mike O’Neill goes experimental on his watery Skating, singing “duh-duhs” in lieu of the swift piano melody.
Best are Ben Gunning’s intelligent, synth-squealin’ take on Christmas Is Coming, the Violet Archers soul-calming Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Dave Merritt and the Quiet Revolution’s Linus And Lucy, played here with a fantastic half-time rhythm.
Top track: Linus And Lucy, by Dave Merritt and the Quiet Revolution