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Astrud Gilberto: The Shadow of Your Smile

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Don Sebesky, Claus Ogerman (arranger, conductor); Kai Winding, Bob Brookmeyer, Urbie Green (trombone).

Producer: Creed Taylor.

Recorded at RCA, A&R Studios, New York, New York between October 21, 1964 & June 4, 1965. Originally released on Verve (V6-8629).

Astrud Gilberto second solo album, THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE, which at 25 minutes is one of the shortest LPs ever released. It's a good one though, as Astrud breaks free of bossa nova typecasting and emerges as a full-fledged '60s songbird, with her near definitive version of "The Shadow Of Your Smile." A special hybrid, she's neither a Brazilian nor an American singer, and not really an "international' one either. Her wistful, amateur sound has worn extremely well however--it has the virtue of simplicity and honesty as her absolutely definitive version of "Funny World" from the now forgotten Italian exploitation film MALAMONDO proves.


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