After several years without the release of a new album, Magya Productions is happy to
announce the release of "Jungle", Astrud Gilberto's newest CD, recorded in the Summer of
Besides having had an accomplished career as a singer, Astrud's is a proliferous
songwriter. With the exception of two songs ("Como Fué" and "The Look of Love"), the
album is comprised of Astrud Gilberto's original compositions, written in a rich variety of
different rhythms and moods.
The musicians backing Astrud's vocals are superb, and their performances filled with
enthusiasm and feeling. Mark Lambert, Astrud's co-producer, guitarist, and sometimes
partner in songwriting, is also an accomplished vocalist, and performs a vocal duet with her
on their composition, "Dancing". Astrud feels very privileged to have been able not only to
assemble such an outstanding group of musicians, but also to participate on a vocal duet
with John Margolis (on the track "In Spite of the Odds"), a musician, vocalist, and songwriter
whose work she greatly admires.
Although we would like to believe that the name Astrud Gilberto will "ring bells" with
everyone, for those who may not be sure, she is the legendary Brazilian singer sometimes
referred to as "The Girl from Ipanema" (title of the Grammy award winning song that made
her famous), or as "The Queen of Bossa-Nova". Her distinctive style (a combination of the
sensual rhythms of Brazil and American Pop and Jazz), has influenced several generations
of musicians and vocalists, worldwide. The combination of international touring, the
reissuing of some of her early records on CD, as well as the release of the "Desafinado" duet
with George Michael has created an additional new generation of international fans for
Astrud Gilberto, who joined the large number of her long time followers. Astrud Gilberto has
just been selected to be inducted into the "International Latin Music Hall of Fame", in 2002.
Astrud sends warm regards to all of you and hopes that you will enjoy listening to "Jungle".
To read more about this album, listen to soundclips, view photos of its participants, and find
out more about Astrud Gilberto, please log on to http://www.astrudgilberto.com
Wed Mar 20 2002 (4:40:29 PM)