Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus is the third album by American jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi (credited to the Vince Guaraldi Trio), released in 1962 on Fantasy Records.[3] It is considered Guaraldi's breakthrough album and made him a household name.[1]

Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)
RecordedNovember 1961
February 1962[1]
StudioKQED television studio, San Francisco, California[2]
Length39:11 (original vinyl)
61:44 (2010 remaster)
LabelFantasy (US); Vocalion (UK)
ProducerNick Phillips (2010 remaster)
Vince Guaraldi chronology
A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus
In Person
Singles from Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus
  1. "Samba de Orpheus"/"Cast Your Fate to the Wind"
    Released: July 1962
Alternate cover
Later pressings with placement of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" and album title reversed
Later pressings with placement of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" and album title reversed
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]
Five Cents Please5/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings2/4 stars[5]

The album contains both original compositions and covers of songs from the 1959 French/Portuguese film Black Orpheus which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.[1] It spawned the hit single "Cast Your Fate to the Wind", which won the 1963 Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition. Some later pressings of the LP have the single's title displayed prominently at the top of the cover, and the album title in the box underneath. Consequently, this album is often referred to as Cast Your Fate to the Wind.

Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus was released in 1983 in a half-speed mastered edition by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.

Another remastered version was released with five bonus tracks on Fantasy Records imprint, Original Jazz Classics label, on September 28, 2010. In addition, DCC Compact Classics issued the album on a Gold CD in 1993.

Track listingEdit

Original 1962 releaseEdit

Side One
1."Samba de Orpheus" ("Orpheus Samba")Luiz Bonfá5:42
2."Manhã de Carnaval" ("Carnival Morning")Luiz Bonfá5:50
3."O Nosso Amor" ("Our Love")Antônio Carlos Jobim4:56
4."A Felicidade (Happiness)" (mistitled "Generique"[1])Antônio Carlos Jobim4:49
Side Two
5."Cast Your Fate to the Wind"Vince Guaraldi3:10
6."Moon River"Henry Mancini5:21
7."Alma-Ville"Vince Guaraldi5:00
8."Since I Fell for You"Buddy Johnson4:23
Total length:39:11

Original Jazz Classics 2010 CD remasterEdit

Bonus tracks
9."Samba de Orpheus" (single edit)Luiz Bonfá3:18
10."Manhã de Carnaval" (Take 2)Luiz Bonfá6:17
11."O Nosso Amor" (Take 2)Antônio Carlos Jobim5:00
12."Felicidade" (Take 3)Traditional4:54
13."Cast Your Fate to the Wind" (Take 3)Vince Guaraldi3:04
Total length:61:44


Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Ray Fowler – engineer
  • Ralph J. Gleason – liner notes
  • Derrick Bang – liner notes (2010 remaster)

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States April 18, 1962 Fantasy Records mono LP 3337
United States 1990 Fantasy, Original Jazz Classics CD OJCCD-437-25
United States 2010 Fantasy, Original Jazz Classics mp3 OJC-32328-25

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Bang, Derrick. "Vince Guaraldi on LP and CD: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus". fivecentsplease.org. Derrick Bang, Scott McGuire. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. ^ Bang, Derrick (2012). Vince Guaraldi at the Piano. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 103. ISBN 0786490748.
  3. ^ a b Ginell, Richard S. "Cast Your Fate to the Wind/Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus". AllMusic. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 90. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 614. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.