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Sergio Mendes, "Morning in Rio", Phantom Sound & Vision [Japan] #__________ (2008).[CD] 
This is the Japanese version of Sergio's "Encanto", with two bonus tracks included.


1. The Look of Love [With Fergie] (Burt Bacharach)
2. Funky Bahia [With Siedah Garret]
3. Waters of March [With Ledisi] (A.C. Jobim)
4. Odo-Ya [With Carlinhos Brown]
5. Somewhere in the Hills (O Morro Nao Tem Vez) [With Natalie Cole] (A.C. Jobim)
6. Lugar Comum [With Dreams Come True] (João Donato)
7. Dreamer [With Lani Hall & Herb Alpert] (A.C. Jobim)
8. Morning in Rio [With Toninho Horta]
9. E Vamos La (Jõao Donato/Joyce)
10. Catavento [With Gracinha Leporace]
11. Acode [With Vanessa Da Mata]
12. Agua de Beber [With] (A.C. Jobim)

Bonus Tracks,  Japanese version of CD:

13. Les Eaux De Mars (Waters of March) [With Zap Mama] (A.C. Jobim)
14. Y Vamos Ya (E Vamos La) [With Juanes] (João Donato/Joyce)

Musician personnel:

- Sergio Mendes / Rhodes 73, Arrangements, Pianos, Clavinets, Vocals
- Gracinha Leporace / Vocals
- Paul Jackson Jr. / Electric & Acoustic Guitars
- Alphonso Johnson / Bass
- Carlinhos Brown / Compositions, Vocals, Percussions
- Natalie Cole / Vocals
- Toninho Horta / Guitars
- Mike Shapiro / Drums
- Herb Alpert / Trumpet
- Lani Hall / Vocals
- Miwa Yoshida / Vocals
- Kleber Jorge / Guitars
- Bill Cantos / Vocals
- / Vocals, Compositions
- Steve Baxter / Trombone
- Justo Almario / Flutes
- Meia Noite / Percussions
- Giunga / Compositions, Acoustic Guitar
- Vanessa da Mata / Compositions, Vocals
- Joao Donato / Compositions
- Antonio Carlos Jobim / Compositions

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Text below originates from <>:

"Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes spins his remarkable magic on his newest recording, Encanto (Enchantment), which is among the maestro's most beautifully realized in his unparalleled career. The collection refines Sergio's singular blend of infectious rhythms and irresistible melodies from the great Brazilian Songbook, with his always thoroughly modern arrangements and masterful production approach. The resulting collection is a bona fide Sergio Mendes classic--a kaleidoscopic album that underscores the maestro's ear for addictive melodies, as well as his ability to cast incredibly talented singers and musicians from all over the world.

"Every time I make a new record, it's a new adventure." explains the affable Mendes from his Los Angeles home. "My main motivation," he enthuses, "is to record wonderful songs.  In the process, I enjoy sharing with the world the diversity of Brazilian music-- both in terms of rhythm and melody."

"This time, I wanted to go full circle. So I decided to begin this journey in my homeland, Brazil. I traveled to Rio and Bahia, meeting a number of old friends that I hadn't played with in quite a while. There's a very special musically creative environment in Brazil, which inspires me tremendously."

Mendes was still living in Brazil during the momentous era between the late '50s and the early '60s when the samba-based bossa nova was born. In fact, he was one of the first practitioners of the new genre, together with composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, guitarist Joao Gilberto and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes.

True to his desire to go back full circle, Mendes recorded four seminal Jobim compositions: a hip-hop version of "Agua De Beber" with Toninho Horta on guitar, Mendes' wife Gracinha Leporace on vocals, and the man himself showcasing his instrumental chops on a bewitching Rhodes solo; "Waters of March," which features Grammy nominated,super talented new artist Ledisi; "Somewhere In The Hills," with vocals by none other than Natalie Cole and Flugel Horn solo by great German jazz artist Till Bronner; and "Dreamer," which marks the first time that former mentor Herb Alpert actually plays the trumpet on a Sergio Mendes album, with brilliant vocals by Lani Hall, Alpert's wife and the original lead singer of Mendes' Brasil ‘66.

But the most daring cover in the entire album is a new version of Burt Bacharach's "The Look Of Love," which Mendes had originally transposed to bossa nova heaven in 1967, when it became his biggest hit with Brasil '66.  Produced by Black Eye Pea, this new interpretation maintains the beguiling melody of the original, bringing the tune to new millennium territory: keeping Sergio's original bass line intro, with crisp drum programming and a sexy rap/vocal by The Black Eyed Peas' Fergie.

"I mentioned 'The Look Of Love' to Will. I was looking for a way to re-do it, with a dance beat that I heard in Brazil(which is very popular, nowadays, with young people down there) which I thought would be great for the song. Will loved the idea and suggested Fergie to sing it. On Timeless, we had reworked 'Mas Que Nada', presenting it in a different way, and it became an international hit.  This time, we did 'The Look Of Love', 40 years later.'s enthusiasm should not come as a surprise. Growing up in Los Angeles, he collected Mendes' original bossa nova classics on vinyl and was influenced by his smooth, pan-Latin approach to creating dance music with sophisticated arrangements and production values. Their 2006 collaboration Timeless distilled the exhilarating feelings that experienced recording an album with his longtime idol.

Serious Mendes aficionados will recognize Carlinhos Brown as the principal songwriter on Brasileiro, the seminal 1992 session that saw Mendes changing gears and exploring Bahian rhythms and sounds. A virtuoso percussionist, singer and songwriter, Brown has become famous for his funky song structures and deep percussion textures. "Funky Bahia," the song he co-wrote with for this CD, is a perfect cross between American mainstream and Brazilian sensibility--the kind of multi-cultural encounters that the jazz loving Mendes has always favored. It's sung by Will and Siedah Garrett, another Mendes alumna, who sang in Mendes' band in the mid ‘80s and recorded on many of his albums. Also playing on this song (Funky Bahia), as well as several others, are 2 of the greatest musicians of their generation, Sergio's long time friends and collaborators: the virtuoso guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. and the legendary bassist Alphonso Johnson. Sergio's longtime band members, Mike Shapiro - his drummer for 20 years, brothers Meia Noite and Gibi, percussionists also from Bahia, are also part of this album.

"I've always dreamed of making an album with guest artists from different cultures, singing in their native language, as a way to illustrate the power and magic of Brazilian melodies," he emphasizes. Besides the glorious singing of Zap Mama (in French), the album also includes a rap by Italian super star Jovanotti, as well as a new song by Joao Donato and Joyce - "Y Vamos Ya," - sung in Spanish by Juanes, one of the brightest new stars in contemporary Latin pop.

"I heard about Juanes a couple of years ago and thought that he had a beautiful voice," explains Mendes. "Fortunately, I was able to hook up with him and have him as a guest in this project."

In fact, there is one element that unifies the songs in Encanto, and that's the joy that can be heard in the voices of Mendes' collaborators. No matter what country, demographic or genre they belong to, they were all thrilled to record with the maestro, which speaks volumes about the timeless appeal of Sergio's unique style.

"There's a sensuality to Brazilian Music, a pure kind of sentiment," he concludes. "The melodies are catchy, the rhythms are intoxicating, the songwriting is peerless and the harmonies are beautiful. There's a freshness to that sound that simply refuses to go away."

Encanto is a beautiful Portuguese word that I chose as the album title because it describes the whole project so well. It means: ENCHANTMENT, DELIGHT, CHARM..."

Sergio Mendes, "Confetti", Phantom Sound & Vision #________ (2008).[CD Reissue]


Side 1
Side 2
Say It With Your Body
Dance Attack
Let's Give A Little More This Time
The Sound of One Song
Real Life

Morrer De Amor (To Die of Love)

Personnel for "Olympia": Keyboards: Sergio Mendes, Robbie Buchanan and Michael Boddicker; Synthesizer Programming: Michael Boddicker, Robbie Buchanan and Don Dorsey; Olympic Choir: Joe Pizzulo, Jeffrey Osborne, James Ingram, Phil Perry, Gary Falcone, Lani Hall, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Carmen Twillie, Beth Anderson and Deborah Davis; Drums: John Robinson; Drum Synthesizer Programming: Robbie Buchanan and Terry Bozzio; Guitar: Dan Huff; Percussion: Steve Forman; Additional Background Vocals by Joe Pizzulo, Sergio Mendes, Harold Clousing and Phil Perry.

Personnel for "Say It With Your Body": Keyboards: Sergio Mendes, Robbie Buchanan, and Michael Boddicker; Synthesizer Programming: Robbie Buchanan and Michael Boddicker; Drums: John Robinson; Bass: Nathan East; Guitar: Dan Huff and Paul Jackson, Jr.; Percussion: Steve Forman and Ron Powell; Background Vocals by Carmen Twillie, Julia Waters and Maxine Waters.

Personnel for "Let's Give a Little More This Time": Keyboards and Synthesizers by Sergio Mendes, Robbie Buchanan; Vocal by Joe Pizzulo; Synthesizer Programming: Robbie Buchanan; Drums: John Robinson; Bass: Nathan East; Guitar: Paul Jackson Jr. and Dan Huff; Guitar Solo: Dan Huff; Percussion: Steve Forman; Background Vocals by Carmen Twillie, Julia Waters and Maxine Waters.

Personnel for "The Sound of One Song": Acoustic Piano: Ivan Lins; Fender Rhodes: Gilson Peranzetta; Synthesizer Arrangement: Sergio Mendes and John Beasley; Synthesizers: Sergio Mendes, John Beasley, Randy Waldman; Synthesizer Solo: Sergio Mendes; Drums: Carlos Vega; Bass: Nathan East; Electric Guitar: Dan Huff; Acoustic Guitar: Oscar Castro-Neves and Paul Jackson, Jr.; Percussion: Sergio Mendes and Steve Forman; Children's Choir: Jessica Harris, Joel Harris, Rebecca Clinger, Jennifer Cathcart, Elizabeth Cathcart, Kristina Birk, Kristin Bernhardi; Richard Hamilton, Latisha Smith, Brandon Roberts, Teresa Dawson and Sandie Hall.

Personnel for "Alibis": Vocal by Joe Pizzulo; Keyboards: Sergio Mendes and Robbie Buchanan; Synthesizer Programming: Michael Boddicker and Don Dorsey; Drums: Carlos Vega; Bass: James Johnson; Guitar: Paul Jackson Jr. and Dan Huff; Saxophone Solo: Ernie Watts; Percussion: Steve Forman; Background Vocals by: Joe Pizzulo, Gary Falcone and Tom Faragher.

Personnel for "Dance Attack": Vocal by Phil Perry; Keyboards: Sergio Mendes, John Barnes, & Don Freeman; Synthesizer Programming: John Barnes; Percussion: Steve Forman; Clap-trap: Terry Bozzio.

Personnel for "Kisses": Vocal by Gracinha Leporace; Acoustic Piano: Ivan Lins; Acoustic Guitar: Oscar Castro-Neves; Percussion: Sergio Mendes and Steve Forman; Violins: Gerald Vinci, Robert Sushel, Reg Hill, Mari Tsumura-Botnick, Constance Meyer, George Kast, Norma Leonard, David Montagu, Harold Wolf, Bill Hybell, Isabelle Daskoff & Spiro Stamos; Cellos: Mary C. Lane, David H. Speltz, Harry L. Shlutz, Raphael Kramer.

Personnel for "Real Life": Vocal by Joe Pizzulo; Keyboards and Synthesizers: Robbie Buchanan; Drums: Carlos Vega; Bass: James Johnson; Electric Guitar: Dan Huff; Guitar Solo: Dan Huff.

Personnel for "Morrer De Amor": Vocal by Gracinha Leporace; Acoustic Guitar: Oscar Castro-Neves; Violins: Gerald Vinci, Robert Sushel, Reg Hill, Mari Tsumura-Botnick, Constance Meyer, George Kast, Norma Leonard, David Montagu, Harold Wolf, Bill Hybell, Isabelle Daskoff & Spiro Stamos; Cellos: Mary C. Lane, David H. Speltz, Harry L. Shlutz, Raphael Kramer.

Various Artists, "The Very Best of Smooth Jazz", Phantom Sound and Vision #________ (2008).[CD Compilation]

This CD Compilation contains Sergio Mendes with The Black Eyed Peas performing "Mas Que Nada".

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