A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness

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All Music Guide - Christian Genzel
In 1966, the bossa nova craze was at a peak, and A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness marked a collaboration between two of its biggest stars -- vocalist Astrud Gilberto, brought to fame by her classic rendition of "The Girl from Ipanema," and organist Walter Wanderley. Even though the album is good, it is not as exciting as one might hope. While the music is remarkably innocent and sweet, with just a little underlying touch of sadness beneath the joyous, even naïve, surface, Gilberto and Wanderley do not always seem to work together on these tracks -- it often appears as if each is performing in a universe of his or her own. That being said, there are many bright sides ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christian Genzel
In 1966, the bossa nova craze was at a peak, and A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness marked a collaboration between two of its biggest stars -- vocalist Astrud Gilberto, brought to fame by her classic rendition of "The Girl from Ipanema," and organist Walter Wanderley. Even though the album is good, it is not as exciting as one might hope. While the music is remarkably innocent and sweet, with just a little underlying touch of sadness beneath the joyous, even naïve, surface, Gilberto and Wanderley do not always seem to work together on these tracks -- it often appears as if each is performing in a universe of his or her own. That being said, there are many bright sides to the album, too: Wanderley's organ playing is as enthusiastic and fluffy as ever, while Gilberto's singing in both English and Portuguese remains smile-inducing. Both manage to create an incredibly warm sound, and when Wanderley plays some piano as on the beautiful "A Certain Sadness", you can sense a spark between the two. So, while A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness might not be the most successful album of all time, it is still a nice record that fans of either Gilberto or Wanderley will want to have. And -- even though one tends to use the word "cocktail lounge music" -- their rendition of "Tristeza" is simply irresistible, easy listening or not.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517679245
  • Catalog Number: 001117502
  • Sales rank: 76,082

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walter Wanderley Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Leader, Track Performer
Astrud Gilberto Vocals
João Gilberto Guitar
Jose Marino Bass
Bobby Rosengarden Percussion
Claudio Slon Drums
Technical Credits
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Val Valentin Director Of Engineering
Charles Stewart Cover Photo
Chris Herles Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Sung Lee Art Direction
Chuck Briefer Liner Notes
Cesar Portillo de la Luz Composer
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