If there is one song from Vince Guaraldi's extensive work on The Peanuts television specials, it's "Linus & Lucy," one of the musical centerpieces of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Using a funky, slightly Latin base for the main melody (along with some surprising, Floyd Cramer-styled country triplets), Guaraldi takes the song in several different directions, creating what can only be called a mini-suite. The samba section moves along with a sexy strut, while a bossa nova/blues movement moves like a wild dancer amidst the solid, dark rhythm section. The song always goes back to the main piano melody, with Guaraldi capping it off with a classical-inspired coda at the very end. Instantly identifiable, wholly entertaining and engaging, it's one of the great jazz instrumentals of the mid-'60s that found its way into the mainstream market via television. Available on the exquisite soundtrack Christmas album -- where it really should be heard -- it's also on Fantasy's Guaraldi collection, Greatest Hits.