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Astrud Gilberto, known as "The Girl from Ipanema" and often referred to as "The Queen of Bossa-Nova", is an artist with roots firmly planted in Brazilian music. Her music has become an interesting combination of the sensual rhythms of Brazil and American Pop and Jazz.
Astrud's recordings exposed the nations of the World to the sensuality of Brazilian music and to her unique vocal interpretations of American music, such as "The Shadow of your Smile", "It Might as well be Spring", "Fly Me to the Moon", "Look to the Rainbow" (from her album of the same title, with Gil Evans), "Love Story", etc.
Two years after her underrated album on CTI Records, Astrud Gilberto's follow-up is her first attempt to be taken seriously, not as a singer -- she had that covered -- but as a songwriter, at a time when simply singing standards was seen as lacking. Her four songs on this ten-song album show she has a way with a melody, though obviously influenced by countrymen Milton Nascimento and Jorge Ben, and her producer Eumir Deodato. 'Gingele' and 'Zigy Zigy Za' are exactly the kind of riff-based tropicalismo that Ben and company were making popular around this time. 'Take It Easy My Brother Charlie' is probably her best song here (covered over 20 years later by Kahimi Karie), though it is Ben who often gets the writing credit (here it's listed as Gilberto and associate producer David Jordan). Very few concessions are made to America; only 'Daybreak (Walking Out of Yesterday)'' comes from the pop world, with instrumentation and sound coming from south of the equator.
- Vinyl LP
|Astrud Gilberto||vocals, background vocals|
|Eumir Deodato||keyboards, acoustic guitar, background vocals|
|Al Gaffa||electric guitar|
|Billy Cobham, Jr.||drums|
|Nick La Sorsa||background vocals|
|Maria Helena Toledo||background vocals|
- Zigy Zigy Za
- Make Love To Me
- Touching You
- Take It Easy, My Brother Charlie
- Where Have You Been?
- General da Banda
- Daybreak (Walking Out On Yesterday)