Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66 – Greatest Hits (AMLS 985) (1970)

More like the Fifth Dimension than the cross-over jazz of Stan Getz, let alone the urgent Bossa Jazz of the Tamba Trio, this is the fun-sized Brazilian pianist/bandleader Mendes in full-on American E-Z Listening mode. A couple Bacharach/Davids, three Lennon/McCartneys, plus the inevitable “Mas Que Nada”, Brazil ’66 constructs syncopated sixties Sunshine Pop which verges on the unctuous if you’re in the wrong mood or a fan of anything heavier than, say, the Carpenters.

Mmm…unifold cover.

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Published in: on March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. sergio mendes is probably seen by bossa nova purists as the equivalent of bob marley i.e becoming a “judas” and “uncle tom” by making it palatable for a white non-indigenous audience and raking in the dough as a result… i’m a fan of both authentic and erzatz bossa so i don’t have a problem with that personally and like his stuff up to a point, although the somewhat-strident female vocals get a bit much at times… and sergio himself has one of those faces that begs to be smashed in with a lumphammer!


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