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Welcome In

by The Peanuts Gang Trio

"Welcome In" is the debut album of The Peanuts Gang Trio and it invites listeners to get cozy and enjoy their unique and fun sound. The trio creates original traditional music and beyond. Stay tuned.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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1. Saint Duke
3:25 $0.99
2. Festa na Piscina
2:08 $0.99
3. Always Believe
4:02 $0.99
4. Hot Date
3:31 $0.99
5. Snowflake Dance
5:20 $0.99
6. The Coolest Kid on the Playground
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Album Notes
Welcome In is a brilliantly crafted work introducing the Gang’s playful personality as an up-and-coming jazz trio. With an innovative yet traditional sound, the Gang is undeniably appealing to a wide audience. Welcome In is a large leap forward for the trio, who gained popularity in their local community performing Vince Guaraldi’s music from A Charlie Brown Christmas Special. The band is made up of some of Nevada’s most acclaimed musicians including Chris Sexton (piano/vocals), Mac Esposito (bass), and Greg Lewis (drums).

The trio worked diligently to create an album that portrays their unique sound as a new face in jazz. Welcome In shows their ability to flawlessly perform various styles of music.
Pianist Chris Sexton wrote six contrasting compositions that were heavily inspired by Guaraldi’s music. “The variety of Guaraldi’s compositions really stood out to me and made me dig deeper into other genres of music when I was writing the album.”, Sexton expressed. After brainstorming ideas for arrangements, the trio finally came up with a flowing structure of songs for the album.

The Peanuts Gang Trio decided to take an old-fashioned approach recording their debut album. With only three microphones, the trio recorded piano, bass, and drums in the living room of Sexton’s home. Make-shift baffling was created to avoid bleed from one microphone to the next. “You could really feel the energy in the room because we were interacting so well. We had an undoubtable feeling that the album was going to be a huge success.”, Lewis recalled. After only a few takes, the trio finished recording Welcome In in less than four hours.

Once 2019 rolled around and they graduated from college, the Gang decided to start getting serious about releasing their own original music. They began learning rare jazz selections by renowned artists such as Nat King Cole, Slam Stewart, and Brazilian legend Antonio Carlos Jobim. Sexton talks about the purpose behind examining these iconic artists by saying, “A lot of today’s jazz artists seem to be stuck in a modern loop hole creating similar sounding music.” The trio wanted to come across as realistic to the public eye and not overly modernized. Their commitment to studying these historical masterminds allowed the trio to develop a polished authentic sound.

Although the trio is four hours northeast of the bay area, Welcome In mirrors the albums that Guaraldi recorded there in the early 1960s. Welcome In gives listeners the sensation of driving a convertible car on the Golden Gate Bridge in the midst of summer. The rebellious sound of Welcome In makes listeners feel cool and reminds them not to take life too seriously. Every minute of this album will keep the audience entertained, like children watching magic.

The music Sexton wrote for Welcome In creates vivid soundscapes of real-life situations. For instance, the first track on the album “Saint Duke” takes listeners on a journey down south to New Orleans “the birth place of jazz”. With second line rhythms, tuba inspired basslines and a catchy melody, the song captures the spirit of Mardi Gras. The samba drum groove and sophisticated fast-moving lines in “Festa Na Piscina” (Portuguese for “Pool Party”) create a Brazilian poolside movie scene accompanied with tropical cocktails, fiery dancing, and celebratory cannonballs. The ballad “Always Believe”, landing in the middle of the album, moves listeners with its lush piano chords, heartfelt vocals and romantic harmony. “Snowflake Dance” illustrates a playful image of children dancing in fresh falling snow. The bouncing piano melody and consistent drum pattern put listeners in a trance reminding them to enjoy the little things in life. Lastly, “The Coolest Kid on the Playground” concludes Welcome In with a soulful blues reminiscent of Ramsey Lewis’s energetic live record The In-Crowd. The Peanuts Gang Trio leaves listeners wanting the sonic party to go all night with Welcome In.

With endless determination, the Gang’s mission to bring back the like-ability of jazz roots becomes clear as day in their debut album. “It’s important to understand where this music comes from. We are fascinated by the complexity of what was once called pop music in America. We love uncovering this music and attempting to write some of it on our own.”, Esposito explained.

Welcome In is an honest work of art from The Peanuts Gang Trio. This album is made to give the audience an intimate performance that they will not forget and long to return to. The enthusiastic voice of the Gang forces listeners to smile until it hurts. Welcome In is a contagious thrill ride from start to finish.



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