Copacabana (Sarah Vaughan album)

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Studio album by
GenreBossa nova, Vocal jazz
ProducerAloísio de Oliveira
Sarah Vaughan chronology
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Copacabana is a 1979 album by Sarah Vaughan. This was Vaughan's second album of Bossa nova following I Love Brazil!, her third album of Brazilian music, Brazilian Romance followed in 1987.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times3.5/5 stars[2]


Although the contemporaneous review by Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather was somewhat mixed, he did not fault the featured artist:

That this set does not reach the consistent heights of its predecessor, "I Love Brazil," cannot be blamed on Vaughan. The difference lies in the accompaniment, which this time is spotty. Who needs that unison choir background on "Smiling Hour"? Vaughan is not Mitch Miller. The simplistic percussion on "Bonita" could be a metronome. Still, Hélio Delmiro's guitar, an unidentified cello and the incomparable Vaughan contralto applied to "Dindi," "Gentle Rain" and Jobim's "Double Rainbow" (English lyrics by Gene Lees) elevate this to 3½ stars.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Copacabana" (Joao DeBarro, Alberto Ribeiro) - 3:39
  2. "The Smiling Hour (Abre Alas)" (Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins, Louis Oliveira) - 4:19
  3. "To Say Goodbye (Pra Dizer Adeus)" (Hall, Lobo, Neto) - 3:49
  4. "Dreamer (Vivo Sonhando)" (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees) - 3:41
  5. "Gentle Rain" (Luiz Bonfá, Matt Dubey) - 2:50
  6. "Tetê" (Boscoli, Ray Gilbert, Menescal) - 4:41
  7. "Dindi" (Gilbert, Jobim) - 5:32
  8. "Double Rainbow (Chovendo Na Roseira)" (Jobim, Lees) - 3:34
  9. "Bonita" (Lees, Gilbert, Jobim) - 3:54




  1. ^ a b "Copacabana". Allmusic. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Feather, Leonard. "Jazz Albums: Bill Evans a Rewarding Set". The Los Angeles Times. February 22, 1981. Retrieved 2013-04-17..