Sergio Mendes And Brasil 66 Look Around on Limited Editin Import 180g LP
In a career that spans more than half a century, Sergio Mendes is an old hand at creating a unique sonic blend that electrifies a mass global audience. His knack for delivering hit after hit has made him the most successful Brazilian musician of his time. A grand conceptualizer, his well-polished talents as a pianist, composer, bandleader, vocalist and producer make him a truly singular artist.
Born and raised in Niteroi, a city across Guanabara Bay from Rio de Janeiro, young Mendes studied piano at a local conservatory. An interest in North American jazz led him to Copacabana's fabled clubs of the late 1950s, where he performed with his first trio. In 1961, he formed the Bossa Rio Sextet, a groundbreaking group that was his first of many artistic coups and recorded albums with such jazz greats as Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Phil Woods and Hubert Laws, and continued to work closely with his mentor, famed composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
By the mid 1960s, it was time for a totally new direction, and Mendes once again created a revolutionary sound that would prove to be pop culture phenomenon for the following three decades. His new creation, dubbed Brasil '66, used two female vocalists to shape ingenious bossa-spiced arrangements of a wide-ranging repertoire that included the latest fare from Brazil, rock and R&B hits, and carefully chosen gems from the Great American Songbook.
1968's Look Around is his third album with the group, produced by Herb Alpert and comprised of sublime material from fellow Brazilian artists like Gilberto Gil ("Roda"), Joao Donato ("The Frog"), Dori Caymmi ("Like A Lover") and Mendes himself ("Look Around," "So Many Stars") plus hip takes on The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" and Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love." The latter was performed to acclaim at the 1986 Academy Awards and would subsequently become a hit single.
Sergio Mendes And Brasil 66 Look Around Track Listing:
1. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Like A Lover
4. The Frog
5. Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness)
6. The Look of Love
7. Pradizer Adeus (To Say Goodbye)
8. Batucada (The Beat)
9. So Many Stars
10. Look Around