Sounds Orchestral‘s version of Cast Your Fate To The Wind used to send shivers down my neck in the wee hours of the morning after I had been listening to my transistor radio all night. Usually it was played as a lead in to the news. I really think it was one of the first tunes that got me thinking in colours.
Cast Your Fate To The Wind was a jazz piece composed by Vince Guaraldi. The back and forth latin to swing never gets old to me; the jazz flavour of this performance makes it special not only contrasting sections but in propelling the arrangement away from any monotony as well.
Let’s go back to 1965 and listen to Sounds Orchestral‘s version of Cast Your Fate To The Wind, perhaps the hippest elevator music ever…
Personnel as determined: Johnny Pearson piano; Tony Reeves bass; Tony Gilbert violin; Kenny Clare drums.
We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!
*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.