Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Like Nico, Astrud Gilberto's everywoman voiced has always had a polarizing effect on critics and fans alike. While her take on bossa nova is less than reverent and decidedly lightweight, the warmth and approachability she brings to each performance is stunning. Verve's lovingly compiled -- and blissfully affordable -- Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour is as solid a collection of her heady mixture of samba, jazz and pop as you're likely to find. Twenty songs, including the classic "Girl From Ipanema," wash in like waves from the warmest of oceans, carrying with them the soft, reverb-drenched soundtrack to summer. If the tropical heat of "Berimbau," the lazy and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Like Nico, Astrud Gilberto's everywoman voiced has always had a polarizing effect on critics and fans alike. While her take on bossa nova is less than reverent and decidedly lightweight, the warmth and approachability she brings to each performance is stunning. Verve's lovingly compiled -- and blissfully affordable -- Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour is as solid a collection of her heady mixture of samba, jazz and pop as you're likely to find. Twenty songs, including the classic "Girl From Ipanema," wash in like waves from the warmest of oceans, carrying with them the soft, reverb-drenched soundtrack to summer. If the tropical heat of "Berimbau," the lazy and lonely pulse of Burt Bacharach's "Trains and Boats and Planes" and the upbeat swing of "Wish Me a Rainbow" don't instantly take the drudgery of your day away, then consider yourself hopelessly bitter. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731452079022
  • Catalog Number: 520790
  • Sales rank: 3,196

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goobye Sadness (3:35)
  2. 2 The Girl from Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim (5:25)
  3. 3 Meditation (2:43)
  4. 4 The Face I Love (2:09)
  5. 5 Corcovado (4:15)
  6. 6 So Nice (2:41)
  7. 7 A Felicidade (2:49)
  8. 8 Photograph (2:15)
  9. 9 It Might as Well Be Spring (4:24)
  10. 10 Wish Me a Rainbow (2:27)
  11. 11 Fly Me to the Moon (2:22)
  12. 12 Crickets Sing for Anamaria (1:35)
  13. 13 Who Needs Forever? (3:10)
  14. 14 Insensatez (2:48)
  15. 15 Berimbau (2:28)
  16. 16 Come Softly to Me/Hushabye (2:53)
  17. 17 Trains and Boats and Planes (2:50)
  18. 18 Canto de Ossanha (3:07)
  19. 19 I'm Nothing Without You (4:25)
  20. 20 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Astrud Gilberto Primary Artist, Vocals, Musician
Warren Bernhardt Piano
Phil Bodner Woodwind
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone, Valve Trombone
Gary Burton Vibes
Ron Carter Bass
Johnny Coles Trumpet
João Gilberto Guitar, Vocals
Urbie Green Trombone
Quincy Jones Conductor
Hubert Laws Woodwind
Bud Shank Flute
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Warren Covington Trombone
Seldon Powell Saxophone, Woodwind
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Brooks Arthur Strings, Vocals
Deodato Strings, Conductor
Stan Free Keyboards
Walter Wanderley Organ, Piano
Ron Dante Vocals
Stan Webb Woodwind
Airto Moreira Percussion
Ray Alonge French Horn
Wayne Andre Trombone
Benny Aronov Piano, Keyboards
Milton Banana Drums
John Barber Tuba
Milt Bernhart Trombone
James Buffington French Horn
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Earl Chapin French Horn
Gene Cherico Bass
Leon S. Cohen Saxophone
Burt Collins Flugelhorn
George Devens Vibes
Sal DiTroia Guitar
João Donato Piano
Don Sebesky Conductor
Gil Evans Piano, Conductor
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Mickey Gravine Trombone
Paul Griffin Keyboards
Bill Hammond Woodwind
James Last Conductor
Jack Jennings Percussion
Antonio Carlos Jobim Guitar, Piano
Bill Lavorgna Drums
Joe Mondragon Bass
Jose Marino Bass
Marty Paich Conductor
Hélcio Milito Drums
Tony Miranda French Horn
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Linda November Vocals
Frank Owens Keyboards
Dom Um Romão Percussion, Berimbau
Al Rogers Drums
Bobby Rosengarden Percussion, Piano, Drums
Maretha Stewart Vocals
Tony Studd Trombone
Toots Thielemans Guitar
Marcos Valle Guitar
David Omar White Vocals
Norman Bergen Conductor
Robert Gregg Percussion
Joseph Macho Bass
Claudio Slon Drums
Julio Ruggiero Bass
Joe Shepley Flugelhorn
Albert Gorgoni Orchestra Conductor
Tommy Williams Jr. Bass
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Astrud Gilberto Arranger
Quincy Jones Arranger
David Mann Composer
Brooks Arthur Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Deodato Arranger
Don Sebesky Arranger
Gil Evans Arranger
Norman Gimbel Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
James Last Arranger
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Marty Paich Arranger
Pete Spargo Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Norman Bergen Arranger
James Gavin Liner Notes
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo
Joe Alper Photo Courtesy
Hollis King Art Direction
Newton Mendonça Composer
Albert Gorgoni Orchestra Arranger
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Bart Howard Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Bossa Nova Mama

    I've been buying Bebel Gilberto's music for six or seven years, but I wasn't familiar with much of her mother's groundbreaking music.

    "Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour" is a worthy investment for anyone who digs Brazilian, Latin, dance or chill music.

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