OBITUARY



Astrud Gilberto

1940 – 2023

Astrud Gilberto (nee Weinhert), who has died aged 83, introduced the new Brazilian sound of Bossa Nova to a global audience in the 1960s. Bossa Nova was and is a fusion of samba rhythms with cool jazz guitar sounds and attracted musicians such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. Although Astrud's voice was lacking in dynamics and range it perfectly suited the sexy and sophisticated Latin American songs that, when translated into English, attracted worldwide appeal. Her first major hit single The Girl From Ipanema (composed by Jobim) was taken from the 1964 album Getz/Gilberto featuring Stan Getz on alto sax and Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto, whom Astrud had married in 1960. She sang on only one other track, Corcovado. The Girl From Ipanema was later covered by a multitude of artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Placido Domingo and Amy Winehouse. Astrud scored further success with Fly Me To The Moon, Summer Samba (So Nice) and Desafinado, meaning Slightly Out Of Tune - a description that might well be attributed to her voice. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy by the Latin Recording Academy in 2008.

Anthony Wills


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