Throughout the years, Brazilian conductor, arranger and musician Sergio Mendes has elevated Latin Jazz to a whole new bossa nova plane, with a dash of funk. Backed up with groups such as Brasil ’66, Brasil ’77 and Brasil ’88, Mendes has covered Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Beatles, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Stevie Wonder, Milton Nascimiento and a whole host of Latin artists. He has also collaborated with artists such as Herb Alpert, guitarist John Pisano, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Dave Grusin, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Michel Legrand and some newer artists such as the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend.
In a continuing series of blog entries, Teki will feature her favorite Sergio Mendes albums through the years. And for starters, here’s their 1966 album Herb Alpert presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66. Read the rest of this entry »