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Editors’ Notes

Brazilian bandleader and keyboardist Sergio Mendes made a splash in the United States in the ‘60s with his group Brasil ‘66. Mendes combined bossa nova rhythms, sharp arrangements, and breezy vocals to create effervescent pop hits such as “Mas Que Nada” and “Fool On the Hill.” His music is certainly Brazilian, but his work has a highly accessible quality that is designed to cross borders. The Carlinhos Brown-penned “Magalenha” sports vocals and rapping by the songwriter, and features a snazzy arrangement that nods toward Michael Jackson. “Maracatu (Nation of Love)” cruises along in classic Mendes fashion as Seu Jorge’s deep, rough voice complements the smooth vocals of Gracinha Leporace, Mendes’ wife. An inventive chart by Scott Mayo employs clarinets, saxophones, and flutes in elegant ways. Mayo also contributes a nice arrangement to Stevie Wonder’s “The Real Thing,” which finds Katie Hampton on vocals. Any appearance by Milton Nascimento is a good thing, and here he sings a version of his classic “Caxanga,” which he also co-arranged. 

Customer Reviews

Here Comes The Sun!!!!

Sergio is always flippin' the script...Funky Brazilian Grooves that make you wanna grab your big hat, your thongs and your shades and hop a flight to Brazil. Keep it comin' Sergio!!! It isn't Summer without you.

Sergio Is the Best!

I saw Sergio back in the late 60's at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was exciting to listen to and his group was energetic and great to watch. I love his music and the passage of time has only increased my appreciation of his great talent! Keep it coming, Sergio!

The best

The best aways

Biography

Born: February 11, 1941 in Niteroi, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For most of the second half of the '60s, Sergio Mendes was the top-selling Brazilian artist in the United States, charting huge hit singles and LPs that regularly made the Top Five. His records with his group, Brasil '66, regularly straddled the domestic pop and international markets in America, getting played heavily on AM radio stations, both rock and easy listening, and he gave his label, A&M, something to offer light jazz listeners beyond the work of the...
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