Personnel: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Walter Wanderley (piano, organ); Joao Gilberto (guitar); Jose Marino (bass); Claudio Slon (drums); Bobby Rosengarden (percussion).
As with the 2008 reissue of LOOK TO THE RAINBOW, Astrud Gilberto's 1967 collaboration with arranger Gil Evans, this remastered edition of A CERTAIN SMILE, A CERTAIN SADNESS restores the 11-track configuration of the original 1966 LP.
Personnel: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Walter Wanderley (piano, organ); Joao Gilberto (guitar); Claudio Slon (drums); Bobby Rosengarden (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Chuck Briefer.
Recording information: 09/20/1966-09/23/1966.
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
This 1966 session brought together the Brazilian-born pop singer with her fellow countryman, organist Walter Wanderly, who had already enjoyed an international hit with his recording of Marcos Valle's "Summer Samba (So Nice)." Here they reprise that breezy, infectious tune in a -brand new version, providing Gilberto with a chart hit of her own. Wanderly's bright, relentless organ sound predominates here, though things slow down enough on the piano-accompanied "A Certain Sadness" for Gilberto to turn in one of her characteristicaly wistful performances. There are some other moderately tempoed tracks, such as "Here's That Rainy Day" and the lovely "Tu Mi Delerio" (an all-too rare performance in Portuguese), but overall it's a pretty jaunty affair between two bossa nova hitmakers.
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