Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness

Performers Astrud Gilberto/Walter Wanderley

Verve | October 20, 1998 | Compact Disc

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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.] ~ Bruce Eder

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 20, 1998

Genre: Brazilian

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1966

Label Name: Verve

UPC: 731455744927

Found in: Brazilian

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Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness

Performers Astrud Gilberto/Walter Wanderley
Guest Artist(s) Joao Gilberto
Producer Creed Taylor
Engineer Rudy Van Gelder

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 20, 1998

Genre: Brazilian

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1966

Label Name: Verve

UPC: 731455744927


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Title Track Time
1.A Certain Smile --
2.A Certain Sadness --
3.Nega Do Cabelo Duro --
4.So Nice (Summer Samba) --
5.Voce Ja Foi Bahia --
6.Portuguese Washerwoman --
7.Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza) --
8.Call Me --
9.Here's That Rainy Day --
10.Tu Mi Delirio --
11.It's A Lovely Day Today --
12.The Sadness Of After (Previously Unissued) --
13.Who Needs Forever? (Previously Unissued) --

Editorial Notes

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.] ~ Bruce Eder
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