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Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

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Album Review

After bouncing around Philips, Atlantic, and Capitol playing Brazilian jazz or searching for an ideal blend of Brazilian and American pop, Sergio Mendes struck gold on his first try at A&M (then not much more than the home of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and the Baja Marimba Band). He came up with a marvelously sleek, sexy formula: dual American female voices singing in English and Portuguese over a nifty three-man bossa nova rhythm/vocal section and Mendes' distinctly jazz-oriented piano, performing tight, infectious arrangements of carefully chosen tunes from Brazil, the U.S., and the U.K. The hit was Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada," given a catchy, tight bossa nova arrangement with the voice of Lani Hall soaring above the swinging rhythm section. But other tracks leap out as well; the obvious rouser is the Brazilian go-go treatment of the Beatles' "Day Tripper," but the sultry treatment of Henry Mancini's "Slow Hot Wind" and the rapid-fire "Tim Dom Dom" also deserve mention. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A long, long time ago in an era far, far away......

There was a magical time when music seemed torn between three directions. The early rock of Elvis Presley, the flower power of the Beatles, and the waning hip and coolness of the Rat Pack and jazz. In the midst of all of this, out stepped Sergio Mendes to put a Brazilian bossa nova beat on things both purely American and British, add an American flavor to things Brazilian, and introduce to everybody some of the best Brazilian jazz there was. This album is but the first of five albums to define the purely distinctive sound of Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 which includes Equinox, Look Around, Fool on a Hill, Pretty World, and Ye-Me-Le. It was the sixties, it was cool, it was hip, and it was timeless!

Mas que nada RULES!!!

This is one of the best songs I know, and it's even cooler because it is in Portuguese! Sergio is a great musician, and the Brasil '66 are a great asset to an already great song! I hate the Black Eyed Peas version, though! I prefer to stick to the originals.

Herb Alpert Presents Brazil 66

This is the best latino-americano album of all time!!! I love the timelessness of every one of these songs that take me back to the 60's when everything was alright.....

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