by Sergio Mendes


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072302785
catalogNumber: 30278

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,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   Acoustic 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
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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Encanto 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.