Personnel: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Toots Thielemans (whistling, guitar, harmonica); Antonio Carlos Jobim (guitar, piano); Joao Gilberto (guitar, background vocals); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Bud Shank (flute); Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn); Kai Winding, Urbie Green (trombone); Walter Wanderley (piano, organ); Joao Donato, Warren Bernhardt, Gil Evans (piano); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Gene Cherico, Ron Carter, Tommy Williams (bass); Grady Tate, Gary Chester, Joe Hunt (drums); Airto Moreira, Bobby Rosengarden, Dom Um Romao (percussion).
Producers: Creed Taylor, Pete Spargo, Brooks Arthur.
Compilation producers: Ken Druker, Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1963 & 1969. Includes liner notes by Al Young.
This is part of Verve's "For Lovers" series.
Astrud for Lovers is a strong collection of love songs performed by Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto. Her wispy and melancholic vocals are featured in a variety of settings recorded between 1963 and 1969 for Verve. The earliest tune, "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)," is taken from the legendary Getz/Gilberto album that marked Astrud's star-making first recording. The rest of the collection finds her with Stan Getz again doing a sweet version of "It Might as Well Be Spring" in 1964, crooning a smooth "Tu Mi Delirio" with organist Walter Wanderley in 1966, fronting a big orchestra in 1969 on two songs taken from the Beach Samba album, and essaying the intimate "Mahna de Carnival" with just guitar for accompaniment. The album shows that while she had a limited vocal range she knew how to get the most out of it and that she was equally at home in many settings. Not to mention that the collection establishes and maintains a lovely romantic mood throughout! That is what they had in mind no doubt and they succeeded. ~ Tim Sendra