Personnel includes: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Stan Getz (tenor saxophone).
Personnel: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Joao Gilberto (vocals, guitar); Leo Kruczek, George Ockner, Arnold Eidus, Harry Katzman, Gene Orloff (vocals); Kenny Burrell, Marcos Valle, Toots Thielemans, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Margaret Ross (harp); Dave Schwartz, Dave Mankovitz, Richard Dickler, Harold Coletta (viola); Maurice Bialkin, Maurice Brown , Seymour Barab, Charles McCracken , Harvey Shapiro , Alan Shulman, George Ricci (cello); Stanley Webb , Bill Hammond, Hubert Laws, Phil Bodner, Seldon Powell (woodwinds); Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Johnny Coles, Marvin Stamm (trumpet); Tony Miranda, James Buffington, Earl Chapin, Ray Alonge (French horn); Kai Winding, Urbie Green, Warren Covington, Wayne Andre, Tony Studd (trombone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); John Barber (tuba); Benny Aronov (piano, harpsichord); Warren Bernhardt (piano); Walter Wanderley (organ); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Claudio Slon (drums, percussion); Jack Jennings, Grady Tate, Joe Hunt , Bobby Rosengarden (drums); Dom Um Romao (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Howard Mandel.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (10/06/1964-05/25/1967); Los Angeles, CA (10/06/1964-05/25/1967); New York, NY (10/06/1964-05/25/1967); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (10/06/1964-05/25/1967).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Illustrator: Wendi Traub-Cohen.
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Richard Seidel; Ben Young.
Arrangers: Claus Ogerman; Don Sebesky; Gil Evans; Al Cohn.
More thematically-programmed than many of Verve's compilations, the Jazz 'Round Midnight series focuses on the quiet, romantic side of the label's artists. Astrud Gilberto is a perfect match for this series. Her simultaneously childlike and alluring voice defines the quiet, romantic elements of the bossa nova style she popularized worldwide with the enormous success of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "The Girl from Ipanema," recorded with her then-husband Joao Gilberto and the Stan Getz Quartet in 1963.
After that classic, JAZZ ROUND MIDNIGHT focuses little on Gilberto's trademark Brazilian sambas, instead favoring her unique interpretations of jazz standards. Gilberto's bossa nova versions of "Fly Me To the Moon," "The Shadow Of Your Smile," and "Here's That Rainy Day" epitomize romantic languor. "I feel so gay in a melancholy way" goes the key line of the standard "It Might As Well Be Spring," and no sentiments could better encapsulate Astrud Gilberto's gift.