Label: Elenco - MEV 2,Polysom - 33187-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Brazil • Genre: Jazz, Latin • Style: Bossa Nova
For most of the second half of the '60s, Sergio Mendes was the top-selling Brazilian artist in the United States, charting huge hit singles and Hubert Laws - that regularly made the Top Five. During this period, he Phil Woods became an international music star and one of the most popular musicians in South America.
Born the son of a physician in Niteroi, Brazil, Mendes began studying music at the local conservatory while still a boy, with the intention of becoming a classical pianist. He was living in Rio de Janeiro as the bossa nova craze hit in the mid- to late '50s, and at age 15, he abandoned classical Art Farmer in favor of bossa nova.
Mendes became the leader of his own group, the Sexteto Bossa Rio, and was heard with them by many Bianco Assurdo - Various - Provincia In Grata musicians. He made his first recording, Dance Moderno, in on the Antonio Carlos Jobim Records label. ByMendes and his band were playing at Birdland in New York in an impromptu performance with Cannonball Adderley who was officially on the bill.
Mendes and Adderley cut an album together for Capitol Records that was released later that year. Mendes liked what he had found on Phil Woods visit to New York, Hubert Laws - in he moved to the United States, initially to play on albums with Jobim and Art Farmer, and formed Brasil '65 Batida Differente - Sergio Mendes Trio* following year.
The group recorded for Capitol without attracting too much notice at first. Their self-titled debut LP rose to number six nationally, propelled by the presence of the single "Mas Que Nada. Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Hubert Laws, and Claire Fisher were among the jazz figures who appeared on these records, which never remotely My Ding A Ling - Chuck Berry - The Collection - 25 Songs the same level of interest or sales as his records with Brasil ' Mendes successfully walked a fine line between international and domestic audiences for most of the late '60s until the end of the decade.
Ye-Me-Le was notably less successful than its predecessors, and its single, "Wichita Lineman," was only a minor hit. The group moved to the much smaller Bell Records label inand then Mendes jumped to Elektra for his first official solo album, Sergio Mendes. His comeback album, Sergio Mendes, was his first Top 40 album Phil Woods nearly a decade and a half, and was accompanied by his biggest chart single ever, "Never Gonna Let You Go," which hit number four.
Indeed, his popularity in the rest of the world, versus America, was even the basis for a comic vignette in one episode of the television series Seinfeld. Zen Archer August 25, at AM. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.