Astrud Gilberto: Holland '65

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In the summer of '65, Astrud Gilberto made a fast trip to the Netherlands to appear on Dutch TV. The show—See Jazz—was produced by pianist and host Pim Jacobs. Flush off the release of Getz/Gilberto and the success of her single of The Girl From Ipanema, Gilberto sang a long list of songs with a bossa nova beat backed by Pim Jacobs (piano), Wim Overgaauw (guitar), Ruud Jacobs (bass), Ruud Brink (tenor saxophone) and Don Un-Romeo (drums). According to the July 15, 1965 issue of Billboard, she returned to the U.S. a day after taping.

What's particularly special about the clip you're about to see—perhaps the finest video taken of the singer at her peak—is the foresight of the cameraman and producer. Rather than tape from a distance, they had the good sense to come in tight on Gilberto's face, giving us a luxurious look at how special she was back then—both her innocent beauty and honest, lyrical delivery.

Here's Astrud Gilberto on Dutch TV in 1965 (ignore all the guesswork about the date at the YouTube page)...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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