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Astrud Gilberto, Astrud for Lovers (Verve)
Just in time for those lazy summer afternoons comes the Astrud Gilberto entry in Verve's new …For Lovers series, which also includes Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Hartman among others. The title is redundant, of course, as all of Gilberto's best-known music is for lovers. This collection of twelve tracks recorded in the mid-to-late 1960s does not include "Girl From Ipanema" but does feature collaborations from fellow Brazilian jazz luminaries saxophonist Stan Getz and Gilberto's husband, guitarist/songwriter Joao on the favorite "Corcovado" and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "It Might as Well Be Spring". Astrud goes great with a hot sun, a cold drink and a little romance. Take away any of those elements, though, and her appeal fades before the end of even this relatively brief overview.