17 July 1928, San Francisco, California, USA, d. 6 February 1976, Menlo Park, California, USA. Jazz pianist and latterday easy listening composer Guaraldi played with Cal Tjader in the early 50s before moving through Bill Harris combo, and worked with Sonny Criss and George Auld. He also served as part of Woody Hermans touring band in the late 50s, and recorded with Conte Candoli and Frank Rosolino in the 60s. His own trio originally included guitarist Eddie Duran and bass player Dean Reilly, a line-up which recorded two pleasant albums for the Fantasy Records label in the late 50s. It was in the early 60s that Guaraldi made a name for himself as a composer of light, romantic jazz-influenced songs. He assembled a new trio featuring bass player Monty Budwig and drummer Colin Bailey, and recorded an album based on the 1959 French-Brazilian film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus). His most famous and deservedly long-lasting classic, Cast Your Fate To The...
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