Encanto [Universal Jazz]

Encanto [Universal Jazz]

by Sergio MendesSergio Mendes
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Overview

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. [Universal Jazz also released the CD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 0888072307643
catalogNumber: 770368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sergio Mendes   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Soloist,Lead
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Siedah Garrett   Vocals,Lead
Justo Almario   Flute,Soloist
Toninho Horta   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Lani Hall   Vocals
Till Brönner   Flugelhorn,Soloist
Bill Cantos   Vocals,Background Vocals,Lead
João Donato   fender rhodes
Gordinho   Percussion
Paul Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alphonso Johnson   Bass
Gracinha Leporace   Vocals,Background Vocals,Lead
Liminha   Bass
Kleber Jorge   Acoustic Guitar,Cavaquinho
Mike Shapiro   Percussion,Drums
Ivo Meirelles   Percussion
Meia Noite   Percussion
Jaguara   Percussion
Jorge Gomes   Percussion
will.i.am   Vocals,Rap,Lead
Telma Tavares   Background Vocals
Clóvis Pê   Background Vocals
Vanessa da Mata   Vocals,Lead
Pretinho DaSerrinha   Percussion
Angela Sol   Background Vocals
Pedro Bernardes   Percussion

Technical Credits

Sergio Mendes   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gilberto Gil   Composer
Toninho Horta   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jovanotti   Composer
Carlinhos Brown   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Hal David   Composer
João Donato   Composer
Paul Ericksen   Engineer
Vitor Farias   Engineer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Mike Tacci   Engineer
Roland Young   Art Direction
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Todd Gallopo   Art Direction
Aldir Blanc   Composer
Asdrubal Sierra   translation
will.i.am   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Guinga   Composer
Doug Tyo   Engineer
Vanessa da Mata   Composer
Darius Fong   Engineer
Riku Campo   Groomer

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