Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour

Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour

by Astrud GilbertoAstrud Gilberto


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2001
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0731452079022
catalogNumber: 520790
Rank: 33561

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
Ben 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
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   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
Ray Evans   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
James Last   Arranger
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Jay Livingston   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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Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NoLaWriter More than 1 year ago
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.