Vince Guaraldi’s Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus gets deluxe reissue for 60th anniversary
The new reissue of Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus features newly remastered audio by engineer Paul Blakemore. Produced by Nick Phillips, the original album is cut from the original master, while the bonus material was transferred from the original analog tapes. The triple-LP and double-CD physical formats come with new, in-depth liner notes by jazz writer Andrew Gilbert.
Craft is also releasing a limited vinyl pressing of the original eight-track album as part of their Small Batch series.
Recorded in 1961, the album contains both original compositions and covers of songs from the Oscar-winning film Black Orpheus. It was recorded by the trio of Guaraldi, drummer Colin Bailey and bassist Monty Budwig.
“Guaraldi, Budwig, and Bailey interpreted the Black Orpheus material with impressive care and feeling,” Gilbert writes in the liner notes, adding that the rhythm section’s work “stands the test of time, effectively articulating a North American impression of the bossa nova pulse.”