Donato - DVD - Coqueiro Verde
Astrud Gilberto, "Lugano Festival Jazz 1985", Coqueiro Verde [Brazil] (CV/AMF) #________ (2010) [DVD].
From Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Jazz Station Blog:
Bossa nova icon Astrud Gilberto, who was catapulted to worldwide fame
through his million-selling and multi-Grammy winning recording of "The
Girl from Ipanema" at age 24, just turned 70 last March 30th. To
celebrate the date, Brazilian label Coqueiro Verde will be releasing,
on April 6, a DVD taped live at the 1985 Lugano Jazz Festival and
distributed here in the USA by AMF (All Media Fun) Entertainment, LLC.
At that time of this performance, on July 2, 1985, Astrud was 45 and in
top form, backed by a quartet with Stephen Herrick (piano), João
Marcelo Gilberto (her son with João Gilberto, on bass), Duduka da
Fonseca (drums) and David Sacks (trombone).
However, none of the musicians are credited on the DVD cover, neither are the composers...
The tracklist features a couple of intriguing tunes by Paulo Jobim
("Milky Way" and the highlight "Cumbia," mispelled "Kumbia"), five by
his father Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Waters of March," "A Felicidade," an
uninspired reading of "Dindi", "Água de Beber" and of course "Girl from
Ipanema" in a much faster tempo than usual), and a wordless vocal
performance of João Donato's "A Rã" ("The Frog"), without the lyrics
added by Caetano Veloso in 1973.
There's also a bilingual version of Baden Powell's "Canto de Ossanha"
("Let Go," alternating the Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes and
the English words by Norman Gimbel recorded in one of Astrud's
masterpiece albums, "September 17, 1969" for Verve), an English take on
Roberto Menescal's best tune, "The Telephone Song" (with the English
lyrics by Gimbel heard on another cult LP, "Getz Au Go Go") and Aloysio
de Oliveira's Portuguese lyrics to "Edmundo" - actually, the Joe
Garland/Andy Razaf tune "In the Mood" which became a huge hit for Glenn
Miller the year Astrud was born.
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