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A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness

Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley

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Album Review

This record has always been a bit of a disappointment, not because it isn't good but because given the personnel involved it isn't better than it actually is — it's sort of the bossa nova equivalent of those various Chess Records "super-blues" mega-sessions between Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and whoever else on the roster was still standing in 1967-1968; or perhaps more accurately, the W.C. Fields/Mae West co-starring Western satire My Little Chickadee, in that the two masters of the double-entendre seldom seem to interact and, when they do, disappoint, even though the movie is fun. There are some places where Astrud Gilberto and Walter Wanderley seem to be on the same page and aware of each other's gifts and respective presence, as on "Nega Du Cabelo Duro," the second half of "Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)," and the beautifully moody rendition of "Call Me," and the rest is a good representation of either artist's work, just a letdown from both of them. [The Japanese edition (and subsequent U.S. mini-LP format reissue) contains a pair of bonus tracks, "The Sadness of After" and "Who Needs Forever," that are better collaborations — especially the latter, with a beautiful virtuoso instrumental break — than much of what was on the original LP.]

Customer Reviews

One Great Album!

I'm a Walter Wanderley fan from years back not to mention Astrud's smooth melodic sounds from the Bossa Nova era. This album combines the best of both worlds.

music like a warm tropical evening

I picked this up on a lark because of my longtime appreciation of Astrud Gilberto and bossa nova generally, not really knowing anything about Walter Wanderley or his oeuvre. Hearing these songs arranged for Wanderley's organ trio, with Astrud flying around over the top like a tropical bird, it just makes all kinds of sense. Whoever brought these two together back in the day: hats off to you, my friend.

We're used to hearing these standards arranged for nylon-string guitar and piano ensembles, but these arrangements put them in a different and delicious light entirely. Cool stuff!

Brazilian Fun

There are several selections of this superb release on many Verve compilations, but save yourself the "sadness" of buying only part of the real thing. This collaboration between the seasoned voice of Astrud ( who shows such vocal maturity here, a far cry from the Getz/Gilberto comming out) and the pure light-ness of Walter Wanderly.

Having Astrud singing mostly in her native Portugese, especially on the up tempo pieces, as well as the vocalese works, is more fun than anything she ever did before or sense. This is a fully loaded hit, and shoudl be in every collection of serious "bossa nova" lover!


Born: March 30, 1940 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The honey-toned chanteuse on the surprise Brazilian crossover hit "The Girl From Ipanema," Astrud Gilberto parlayed her previously unscheduled appearance (and professional singing debut) on the song into a lengthy career that resulted in nearly a dozen albums for Verve and a successful performing career that lasted into the '90s. Though her appearance at the studio to record "The Girl From Ipanema" was due only to her husband João, one of the most famed Brazilian artists of the century,...
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