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All Music Guide - John Bush
Though he's always been at the front of the show, Sergio Mendes has often gotten by with the help of his friends. As in 1965, so in 2008. The newest update of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 -- feel free to call it Brasil '08 -- has a varied cast, led by co-producer will.i.am, who adapts his style well to urban and Brazilian forms. It also includes will.i.am's Black Eyed Peas bandmate Fergie, doing "The Look of Love" in a version that may never reach the heights of the original, but never becomes as embarrassing as "My Humps." Surprisingly, it's a good performance from Fergie; although she never approaches the sultriness of Dusty Springfield's original, her quick-paced singing...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Though he's always been at the front of the show, Sergio Mendes has often gotten by with the help of his friends. As in 1965, so in 2008. The newest update of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 -- feel free to call it Brasil '08 -- has a varied cast, led by co-producer will.i.am, who adapts his style well to urban and Brazilian forms. It also includes will.i.am's Black Eyed Peas bandmate Fergie, doing "The Look of Love" in a version that may never reach the heights of the original, but never becomes as embarrassing as "My Humps." Surprisingly, it's a good performance from Fergie; although she never approaches the sultriness of Dusty Springfield's original, her quick-paced singing on the verses is some kind of career highlight. Elsewhere, Mendes deserves most of the credit, especially since will.i.am only bookends the album he produces the first two tracks and the last two. Encanto makes room for a parade of excellent musicians, including Carlinhos Brown, Ledisi, Natalie Cole, and Herb Alpert. Not to be left out is the rhythm section, anchored by bass veterans Alphonso Johnson or Liminha. The material breezes over quite a few Brazilian classics of the bossa nova era, and gives them just enough freshness to sound new. "Waters of March," with Johnson's nimble bass, makes room for a fine Ledisi vocal granted, it's difficult to fail on that song. Mendes takes several solos on acoustic piano or Rhodes, best on the Herb Alpert feature "Dreamer." Overall, Encanto is a difficult record to judge; from the cover and the first two tracks, it appears to be urban all the way. The bulk of the album, however, is modern Brazilian jazz-fusion with an array of excellent musicians. Hopefully, its two potential audiences -- dance or hip-hop fans and Latin jazz listeners -- aren't steered away from it by thinking it's only concerned with one or the other.
Miami Herald
[Sergio Mendes] incarnates Brazilian music for millions… Encanto has a much more Brazilian and mellow, melodic feel than its heavily hip-hop predecessor… judging by the mostly young and exuberant crowd that danced across the front and down the aisles for Mendes' set [at the JVC Jazz Festival in Miami], the pianist and musician deserves the title… Not many sixties stars can attract that many 20-something Brazilians, African-Americans, Cubans, Anglos and who knows what other ethnicities and get them hip-shaking and screaming”
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072302785
  • Catalog Number: 30278
  • Sales rank: 39,484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Look of Love (4:00)
  2. 2 Funky Bahia - will.i.am (3:58)
  3. 3 Waters of March (3:58)
  4. 4 Odo-Ya (3:51)
  5. 5 Somewhere in the Hills (O Morro Nao Tem Vez) (4:01)
  6. 6 Lugar Comum (4:16)
  7. 7 Dreamer - Lani Hall (4:43)
  8. 8 Morning in Rio (4:20)
  9. 9 Y Vamos Ya (...Let's Go) (4:18)
  10. 10 Catavento (Catavento E Girassol) (3:51)
  11. 11 Acode (4:28)
  12. 12 Agua de Beber - will.i.am (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sergio Mendes Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Soloist
Herb Alpert Trumpet
Natalie Cole Vocals
Siedah Garrett Vocals
Justo Almario Flute, Soloist
Toninho Horta Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Soloist
Lani Hall Vocals
Till Brönner Flugelhorn, Soloist
Carlinhos Brown Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bill Cantos Vocals, Background Vocals
João Donato fender rhodes
Vitor Farias Cavaquinho
Gordinho Percussion
Paul Jackson Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alphonso Johnson Bass
Gracinha Leporace Vocals, Background Vocals
Liminha Bass
Kleber Jorge Acoustic Guitar, Cavaquinho
Mike Shapiro Percussion, Drums
Ivo Meirelles Percussion
Meia Noite Percussion
Marcos Esguleba Percussion
Jaguara Percussion
Jorge Gomes Percussion
will.i.am Vocals, Rap
Mikael Mutti Background Vocals
Telma Tavares Background Vocals
Clóvis Pê Background Vocals
Vanessa da Mata Vocals
Pretinho DaSerrinha Percussion
Angela Sol Background Vocals
Pedro Bernardes Percussion
Technical Credits
Sergio Mendes Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gilberto Gil Composer
Toninho Horta Arranger, Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Jovanotti Composer
Carlinhos Brown Arranger, Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Bill Cantos Vocal Arrangements
Hal David Composer
João Donato Arranger, Composer
Paul Ericksen Engineer, Synthesizer Engineer
Vitor Farias Engineer, Vocal Recording
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Bill Schnee Vocal Recording
Mike Tacci Engineer
Roland Young Art Direction
Ray Gilbert Composer
Todd Gallopo Art Direction
Aldir Blanc Composer
Asdrubal Sierra Spanish Translation
will.i.am Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Guinga Composer
Doug Tyo Engineer, overdub engineer, Guitar Engineer, Percussion Engineer, Vocal Recording, Keyboard Engineer
Vanessa da Mata Composer
Darius Fong Bass Engineer
Riku Campo grooming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In Sergio &amp amp featured artists there is Veritas...

    I absolutely love the cd and has recommended and forwarded same over 50 times. It is uplifting and informative all at once. Truly a cd for anyone and everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Breeze In Brazil

    What a wonderful reincarnation of Brazilian brilliance. I glad to hear that my generation is embracing something different and adding their own twist to things.

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