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Astrud Gilberto – Beach Samba (1967/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Astrud Gilberto – Beach Samba (1967/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 00:27:55 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | © The Verve Music Group
Recorded: A&R Studios, NYC, May 25, June 9, June 30, 1967

Originally released in 1967, Astrud Gilberto’s „Beach Samba“ is one of the Brazilian songstress’ classic albums. The bossa nova craze–ignited in 1963, by Gilberto herself, with her lovely, artless vocal on Stan Getz’s ‘The Girl from Ipanema’–was winding down.

The album sees Gilberto stretching beyond her usual collection of bossa novas and sambas, though the title track and ‘Nao Bate O Corocao’ are two of her best, into relaxed, swinging versions of such pop standards as ‘Misty Roses’ and ‘My Foolish Heart.’ Perhaps the oddest inclusion is a cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,’ sung by Gilberto as a duet with her eight-year-old son, which is better than you might expect.

Like the album as a whole, it’s perfectly charming and delightful. Peculiarly, the album ends with five tracks from Gilberto’s classic 1966 album with the Walter Wanderley Trio.

One of Gilberto’s less impressive ’60s Verve outings, primarily due to the more pop-oriented song selection. Much of this is just standard pleasant Gilberto: offhand vocals and a sumptuous Brazil pop-cum-U.S. orchestration feel (Ron Carter and Toots Thielemans are among the sidemen). And some of the pop choices work well, particularly Tim Hardin’s gorgeous “Misty Roses.” No vocals or arrangements, however, could save the criminally wrong-headed military march of “A Banda (Parade),” or the exasperatingly coochie-coochie duet between Gilberto and her six-year-old son on the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.” Which makes it all the more surprising when the next and concluding track, “Nao Bate O Corocao,” has Gilberto cutting loose with confident, sassy scats, as she rarely did before or since. The CD reissue improves matters by adding five bonus cuts from A Certain Smile a Certain Sadness, recorded in 1966 in more authentically bossa nova-style arrangements, anchored by organist Walter Wanderley. –Richie Unterberger

1. Stay 02:42
2. Misty Roses 02:37
3. The Face I Love 02:08
4. Parade (A Banda) 02:09
5. Oba, Oba 02:02
6. Canoeiro 01:35
7. I Had The Craziest Dream 02:27
8. Beach Samba 02:50
9. My Foolish Heart 02:45
10. I Think Of You 02:24
11. You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice 02:42
12. Nao Bate O Corocao 01:34


Arranged By, Conductor – Don Sebesky (tracks: 2, 4, 7 to 9), Eumir Deodato (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 6, 10 to 12)
Bass – Jule Ruggiro, Ron Carter
Cello – Allan Shulman, Charles McCracken, George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro, Maurice Bialkin, Maurice Brown, Saymour Barab
Drums – Bobby Rosengarden, Claudio Slon, Grady Tate
French Horn – Earl Chapin, James Buffington, Ray Alonge, Tony Miranda
Guitar – Barry Galbraith, Marcos Valle
Guitar, Whistle – Toots Thielmans
Harp – Margaret Ross
Percussion – Alan Douglas, Dom Um Romao, Jack Jennings
Piano – Warren Bernhardt
Piano, Harpsichord – Ben Aronov
Trombone – Tony Studd, Urbie Green, Warren Covington, Wayne Andre
Trumpet – Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, James Nottingham, Marvin Stamm
Tuba – John Barber
Vibraphone – George Devens
Viola – David Mankovitz, David Schwartz, Harold Coletta, Richard Dickler
Violin – Arnold Eidus, Gene Orloff, George Ockner, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek
Vocals – Astrud Gilberto, Marcello Gilberto (track: 11)
Woodwind – Bill Hammond, Hubert Laws, Phil Bodner, Seldon Powell, Stan Webb


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