Sergio, 1966

 Sergio Mendes - Concord Records (continued)

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[Japan CD]

Sergio Mendes, "Bom Tempo", Concord Records #__________ (May 4, 2010).[CD]
Sergio Mendes, "Bom Tempo", Concord Records [Japan] #UCCO-1095 (2010).[CD]

From Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Jazz Station Blog:

Sergio Mendes' third project for the Concord label, "Bom Tempo" will be released in the USA on May 4. It's the follow-up to the best-selling "Timeless" and the not so successful "Encanto," including 12 new arrangements for old tunes like Luiz Carlos Vinhas' "Ye-Me-Le," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Só Tinha de Ser Com Você, "João Donato / Gilberto Gil's "Emoriô," Jorge Ben's "País Tropical," Stevie Wonder's "The Real Thing" (recently covered by Bebel Gilberto) and Milton Nascimento's acid-jazz anthem "Caxangá" (aka "Escravos de Jó" which the late Dom Um Romão turned into a dancefloor hit in the 90s).

The first single is Carlinhos Brown's "You and I" to be distributed to radio stations this week. In Japan, where the CD was already released on March 31st, it includes another version (this time re-constructed by Studio Apartment DJs) of "Mas Que Nada" (how many more will come???!!!???) as a bonus track exclusively for Asian territories.


01. エモリオ feat. Nayanna Holley & Carlinhos Brown
Emoriô (Gilberto Gil-Joao Donato) *Original 1976

02. マラカトゥ・アトミコ feat. Seu Jorge
Maracatu Atômico (Jorge Mautner-Nelson Jacobina)

03. ユー・アンド・アイ ※1st Single
You and I (Carlinhos Brown)

04. イエ・メ・レ
Ye-Me-Le (Luis Carlos Vinhas-Chico Feitosa) *Original 1969

05. マガレーニャ feat. Carlinhos Brown
Magalenha (Carlinhos Brown) *Original 1992

06. オルフェウス (クワイエット・カーニヴァル)
Orpheus (Quiet Carnival) (Moacir Santos-Nei Lopes)

07. パイス・トロピカル
Pais Tropical (Jorge Benjor) *Original 1971

08. マラカトゥ (ネーション・オブ・ラヴ)feat. Seu Jorge & Gracinha Leporace
Maracatu (Nation of Love) (Moacir Santos-Nei Lopes )

09. ザ・リアル・シング feat. Katie Hampton
The Real Thing (Stevie Wonder)  *Original 1977

10. カミーニョス・クルザドス feat. Gracinha Leporace
Caminhos Cruzados (Antonio Carlos Jobim-Newton Mendonca)

11. カシャンガ feat. Milton Nascimento
Caxanga (Milton Nascimento-Fernando Brant)

12. 私はあなたのもの feat. Gracinha Leporace
Só Tinha De Ser Com Você(Antonio Carlos Jobim-Aloysio de Oliveira)*Original 1964

Bonus track released in Asian countries only:

13. マシュ・ケ・ナダ feat. The Black Eyed Peas (STUDIO APARTMENT Edit)
Mas Que Nada (Jorge Ben)  ※ボーナストラック

From the Concord Music Group website:

Sergio Mendes, producer, composer, arranger pianist, band leader and cultural sage, continues his magical ride with Bom Tempo, a beautiful slice of rhythmically fresh inspiration from the internationally celebrated artist. He remains as vibrant and vital today as he was when leading Brasil '66 to international superstardom. Mendes' modern sensibilities and ultra sensitivity to the intricate and beautiful Brazilian musical language he himself helped create has always been his focus. Bom Tempo expands the maestro's use of color, texture and street derived energy, highlighting his mastery of authentic Brazilian rhythms and composition. In the end, Bom Tempo is a brilliant summer day celebration.

"This is bom tempo music, good times music," says the Brazilian-born, U.S.-based Mendes, who sought to sum up the CD with a succinct Portuguese title. "It's all about the good times, good weather, good tempos. The album is about the diversity, joy and sensuality of Brazilian music-songs I previously recorded and some that I never have-played by Brazilian and American musicians."

Bom Tempo showcases songs from the crème de la crème of Brazilian songwriters (including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Joao Donato, Carlinhos Brown, Jorge Benjor, Milton Nascimento and Moacir Santos) and a song from his old friend Stevie Wonder, written especially for Mendes in 1977, the simmering "The Real Thing" (first recorded on Sergio Mendes and the New Brasil '77 album). While many of Mendes' friends and long time collaborators are present on the album (including drummers Mike Shapiro and Vinnie Colaiuta, bassists Nathan Watts and Alphonso Johnson, guitarists Paul Jackson Jr. and Kleber Jorge, percussionist Gibi, vocalist Gracinha Leporace-the bandleader's wife-and songwriter-arranger-vocalist Carlinhos Brown, who was integral to the success of the Brasileiro album), newcomers are also in the mix.

Most prominent is Milton Nascimento, who contributes his own "Caxanga," a moody, mysterious children's song that he had only recorded once. He sings the lead vocal in his singular style and plays the acoustic guitar. Other standout musicians include Seu Jorge, one of Brazil's most promising singers, who is featured on two songs-"Maracatu Atomico" and "Maracatu Nation of Love"; young and talented singers Katie Hampton and Nayanna Holley and the brilliant horn section of Andrew Lippman and Bill Churchville all beautifully arranged by their colleague Scott Mayo. Prominent guitarist Jack Majdecki joined Mendes on this latest project as did gifted, versatile Brazilian rhythm designer, musician Mika Mutti.

Bom Tempo opens with a spirited, chant-like take on the Gil/Donato song "Emorio," featuring Holley and Brown on lead vocals. The latter contributes a funky rap that pays tribute to Brazil's songwriters. In the Afro-Brazilian mix are allusions to such Mendes' hits as "Mas Que Nada" and "The Frog." The second track, another dance-oriented jewel, "Maracatu Atomico," was a first-time rendering, complete with a great horn section and percussive beat, based on the Afro-Brazilian maracatu rhythm. Another song on the CD with the rhythm, "Maracatu (Nation of Love)" is a samba-infused beauty, featuring a gorgeous Jorge/Leporace conversation-like duet and luminous horns.

Bom Tempo features new interpretations of some Brazilian classics, including a fresh spin on "Ye-Me-Le", with a cool rap performed by new band member H2O and a remake of "Magalenha" (from the Grammy-winning Brasileiro album) that features great steel guitar, rap and body percussion contributions from Brown. Says Mendes: "Carlinhos was in Los Angeles for two weeks, so we decided to work on a new, special version of the song he wrote. I said, let's do a 2010 version that not only exhibits great Brazilian music but also pays tribute to the World Cup games this year. Because those soccer games will be played in Cape Town, South Africa, I had the idea of using some Zulu words as part of the song."

Proud of his Brazilian heritage and aware of the magic and seduction of his homeland's music, Mendes notes, "It started with Jobim, being played by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd with Astrud and Joao Gilberto; then it was myself with Cannonball Adderley; Ron Carter, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald recording with Jobim, and later David Byrne putting those compilation albums of a variety of Brazilian musicians playing all kinds of styles. He adds, "More recently (with Timeless and Encanto) the attraction continues, with , John Legend, India.Arie, Fergie, and so many more, who love the music so much and were instrumental in helping to expose it to people in their audience. Even for Bom Tempo, when I met the 20-year-old DJ guys Bimbo Jones in London, they were totally into watching YouTube videos of Brasil '66. It just goes to show you that Brazilian music has a universal appeal and it IS timeless... " And so is Sergio Mendes.

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A few days later, on May 18, Concord will issue a companion remix album, featuring some of today's most famous DJs and remixers tackling the infectious beats from "Bom Tempo."


Sergio Mendes, "Remixed from Bom Tempo", Concord Records #_____________ (May 18, 2010).[CD]

This is the companion album to "Bom Tempo" pictured and listed above.


2. You and I (CUTMORE)
3. Magalenha (MOTO BLANCO)
4. Maracatu Atomico (PAUL OAKENFOLD)
5. The Real Thing (BIMBO JONES)
6. So Tinha De Ser Com Você (NICOLA CONTE)
7. Orpheus (MIKE RIZZO)
8. Maracatu Nation of Love (MARIO C.)
9. Pais Tropical (KASKADE)
10. Ye-Me-Le (DJ CHUCKIE)
11. Mas Que Nada 2010 Remix (NERVO)

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Sergio Mendes, "Bom Tempo Brasil Remixed", Concord Records [Japan] #UCCO-1103 (2010).[CD with one Bonus Track]

This album contains one Japan only bonus track "You And I" (Shinichi Osawa Remix).
Album produced by Sergio Mendes.

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Sergio Mendes, "Bom Tempo One Hour Radio Special", Concord Records (no catalog number) (unknown year).[CD Recording of Radio Special, 54 minutes]


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