Sergio Mendes – Quiet Nights (1963)

31 07 2012

Link original: Sergio Mendes – Quiet Nights (1963)
Publicado em: Thursday, September 13, 2007 by zecalouro

This is a special repost of one of the greatest accomplishes of Loronix. It is also a tribute to our friend Caetano Rodrigues, a great friend of mine that I could only have the chance to meet through our community. For those who does not know who is Caetano Rodrigues, he is just the greatest Bossa Nova LP collector in Brazil, blessing Loronix on an on-going basis with albums from his personal collection.

I said before and I want to say it again, Caetano’s contribution to our community is such like a once in a lifetime opportunity and this post is to make people understand – specially the new Loronixers – why Caetano is so important to Loronix by making his whole collection available to us to the love he has to the music from Brazil and the great sympath to our website.

This is Sergio Mendes – Quiet Nights (1968), for Philips, one of the rarest Bossa Nova albums, never made available in CD. As I said, Quiet Night is being reposted to homage Caetano and also to address major improvements cover artworks, MP3 files with higher bitrate and the now popular FLAC looseless alternative. I’m keeping original post information adding personnel info, which is still uncertain after months. Tracks include:

Personnel

Sergio Mendes
(piano)
David Pike
(vibes)
Eddie Higgins
(vibes on Insensatez)
unknown
(guitar)
Sebastiao Neto
(bass)
Chico Batera or Edison Machado
(drums)

I decided to make a chronological approach showing excerpts from conversations made until this publishing, as follows:

The first citation from Bossanov, the starter of this post:

August, 28th, 2006 – “Do you have some of the most mysterious Sergio opus – LP Quiet Nights (Philips, 1967 in my opinion or 1963 as mighty http://www.allmusic.com insist?)?”

Frank Oliver Hellmann introduces the mysteries that surrounds this release:

August, 29th, 2006 – “The Quiet Nights album was recorded 1963 or 1964 in USA and was released by Philips not before 1967, after the success of Brazil 66. It has Dave Pike on vibes, Tiao Neto on bass and Chico Batera on drums. It was produced by Eddie Higgins who replaces Pike on one track. The guitar player is not known, but possibly it is Rosinha de Valenca. I have the original LP, this is a great record (real instrumental Bossa Nova) and the only one which is not reissued in CD yet.” zecalouro’s note: I decided to do not push our friend Oliver to get the LP, just to keep the discussion live! 🙂

Caetano Rodrigues shows a real excitement about Quiet Nights:

“This LP was not released in Brazil and was recorded in the USA, February, 1963, just before the anthological Carnegie Hall Show. This LP is FANTASTIC with Sergio backed up by Dave Pike. Eddie Higgins was invited by Dave Pike to play vibes on Insensatez, since Dave was unfamiliar with the harmony. The bass player was Tiao Neto, drumming is credited to Chico Batera. I spoke with Chico Batera to bring more clarification about this LP and Chico said that he did take part at the recording session and is quite sure that Edison Machado did it. The guitar player is still unknown. Hearing the acoustic guitar, it seems that Oscar Castro Neves or even Antonio Carlos Jobim would be playing.”

zecalouro reads today at BJBear71, complimentary information provided by Frank Oliver:

“Pianist Eddie Higgins was working in the recording booth at this session. Dave Pike had been playing vibes during the session but was unfamiliar with the melody for “Insensatez.” The group was running out of studio time, so Higgins started the tape and ran out into the studio and played vibes on this one track. The group was Sergio Mendes’ Brasil ’65. Another track in the album, “Abraco a Sergio,” was composed by Higgins and played by Mendes. The guitar player is unknown but it might be Rosinha de Valenca who was working with Mendes’ Brasil 65. The record was issued in 1967, but was recorded November 1964 or 1965. An interesting note about the session is that Mendes was brought in to record some background music for the Seeburg Company and was VERY upset when Philips put it out later as an album. That was not supposed to happen.”

Take your own conclusions. Some mysteries are still to be revealed. Take your time to discuss at Loronix Forum with our peers about this LP. Together, we can have all the answers revealed.

Before you run away to get the LP, please send your virtual compliments to Caetano Rodrigues who provided this record without noticing, just reading those initial comments from Bossanov and Frank Oliver. Thanks Caetano for another strike, our community should acclaim Quiet Nights.

Track List

01 – Desafinado (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
02 – One Note Samba (Samba de Uma Nota Só) (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
03 – Morning Of The Carnival (Manhã de Carnaval) (Luis Bonfá / Antônio Maria)
04 – Meditação (Meditation) (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
05 – The Tower (Tiao Neto)
06 – O Peixe (B. Traut)
07 – Quiet Nights (Corcovado) (Tom Jobim)
08 – Só Danço Samba (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
09 – Insensatez (How Insensitive) (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
10 – Amor Em Paz (Love In Peace) (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
11 – Infinity (Dave Pike)
12 – Abraço a Sergio (E. Higgins)

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Esse disco pode ser buscado na Rádio Forma e Elenco do Martoni.

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Sergio Mendes – Arara (1989)

18 06 2012

Link original: Sergio Mendes – Arara (1989)
Publicado em: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 by zecalouro

I have this album on my waiting list for more than a year. By the way, this is one of the most requested posts at Loronix. However, every time I decide to make it, I look at this really disappointing cover and change my mind. There is nothing wrong with Sergio Mendes, the concept, etc. What really disturbs me is the way this beautiful macaw had his wings clipped. I agree with wing clipping since the day zecalouro flew away home and this procedure, when made by a specialized vet, cannot be identified with eye observation. Anyway, I thought I would not mention this thing.

This is Sergio Mendes – Arara (1989), for Polygram, a pretty recent Sergio Mendes album and surprisingly out of print for years. It is amazing how Sergio Mendes fans at Loronix cries for this album. Arara lines-up a constellation of musicians with an important participation of Dori Caymmi. That’s it, finally made available, personnel listing is available bellow, as well tracks. Tracks include:

Personnel

Sergio Mendes
(keyboards)
Carlos Vega, Jeff Porcaro, Vinnie Colaiuta
(drums)
Paul Jackson Jr., Dan Huff
(guitar)
Alan Pasqua, Robbie Buchanan
(synthesizers)
Nathan East, Jimmy Johnson
(bass)
Paulinho da Costa, Portinho, Luiz Conte
(percussion)
Gracinha Leporace
(vocals)
Dori Caymmi
(violao)

Track List

01 – Sarará (Bring Me The Sunlight) (Gilberto Gil / Vrs. Tracy Mann)
02 – Mas Que Nada (Jorge Ben “Jorge Benjor”)
03 – Some Morning (Ivan Lins / Vrs. Brock Walsh)
04 – Nightlife (Tunai / Vrs. Tracy Mann)
05 – Cinnamon And Clove (Cravo e Canela) (Milton Nascimento / Ronaldo Bastos)
06 – Balafon (Gilberto Gil / Vrs. Tracy Mann)
07 – Surrender (Djavan / Vrs. Tracy Mann)
08 – Keep This Heart (Djavan / Vrs. Tracy Mann)
09 – Toucan’s Dance (Dori Caymmi) Instrumental
10 – The Island (Ivan Lins / Vitor Martins / Vrs. Alan Bergman / Vrs. Marilyn Bergman)

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Não tinha esse disco. Porém, graças ao amigo JLakatos, ficamos sabendo que ele foi disponibilizado no Muita Música MP3.





Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 – Love Music (1973)

18 04 2012

Link original: Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 – Love Music (1973)
Publicado em: Friday, June 08, 2007 by zecalouro

I had no option except showing Loronixers the album included on our last challenge. Sergio Mendes is really popular among Loronixers, several answers were posted as soon as the challenge was made available. Thanks everybody and thanks Beto Kessel, The Ambassador, the first to wrote the right answer. This album also ends my Sergio Mendes “graduation”, and to summarize my findings I just want to say he is a really professional musician, in control of every aspect of his career with no fear of making changes when needed. Let’s now see why people got so thrilled by the challenge.

This is Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 – Love Music (1973), for Bell. This is perhaps the first Sergio Mendes album with no Brazilian songs I see. I don’t know if it is the only exception, but it seems to me that we have an effort to make Love Music a blockbuster, all songs are very popular, you will probably have the feeling that you heard everything before. This is certainly a transitional album to the further “pop” phase.

Love music is infectious from the start to end, the girl’s vocals works very well and the percussion on top of the pop arrangements are also very nice. Personnel listing was already built on last challenge, but I will list it again, Brazil ’77 features top-notch musicians. One last thing, don’t let the cover – on a really bad shape, almost dissolving in my hands – cheat you, the vinyl was near mint and the sound is good. Tracks include:

Personnel

Sergio Mendes
(piano, electric piano)
Bonnie Bowden and Gracinha Leporace
(vocals)
Oscar Castro Neves
(violao, guitar)
Sebastiao Neto
(bass)
Claudio Slon
(drums)
Laudir Oliveira
(congas, triangle, percussion)
Paulinho da Costa
(bongos, congas, percussion)

Track List

01 – Where Is This Love (MacDonald / Salter)
02 – Put a Little Love Away (Lambert / Potter)
03 – Don’t Le Me Be Lonely Tonight (James Taylor)
04 – Killing Me Softly With His Song (Fox / Norman Gimbel)
05 – Love Music (Lambert / Potter)
06 – You Can’t Dress Up a Broken Heart (Lambert / Potter)
07 – Hey Look At The Sun (Ângelo)
08 – Walk The Way You Talk (Burt Bacharach / David)
09 – I Won’t Last a Day Without You (Nichols / Williams)
10 – I Can See Clearly Now (Nash)

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Abracadabra.





Sergio Mendes – Sergio Mendes’ Favorite Things (1967)

31 03 2012

Link original: Sergio Mendes – Sergio Mendes’ Favorite Things (1967)
Publicado em: Saturday, May 19, 2007 by zecalouro

I think my Sergio Mendes education is over with the release of this brand new contribution from Caetano Rodrigues, or at least “phase one” education has gone to a term. A couple of days before I understood my worries about Sergio Mendes, blame it on the Arara album with a Macaw at the cover with the wings clipped on a way I never saw before. Who knows later I show you this album, widely unknown Sergio Mendes LP.

This is Sergio Mendes – Sergio Mendes’ Favorite Things (1967), for Atlantic. I decided to do not make any kind of research about Favorite Things and based on I heard this is another “transitional” Sergio Mendes album from the Bossa Nova oriented years to the late more “commercial” Sergio Mendes. The Favorite Things title suggests a compilation; anyway, Caetano should bring more clarification tomorrow when I reach him by phone, although I’m sure I will wake up with several comments waiting for approval. Tracks include:

01 – My Favorite Things(R. Rodgers / O. Hammerstein II)
02 – Tempo Feliz (Baden Powell / Vinicius de Moraes)
03 – Ponteio (Edu Lobo / Capinan)
04 – Veleiro (Edu Lobo / Torquato Neto)
05 – A Banda (Chico Buarque)
06 – I Say a Little Prayer (Burt Bacharach / H. David)
07 – Comin’ Home Baby (B. Tucker / B. Dorough)
08 – Boa Palavra (Caetano Veloso)
09 – O Mar É Meu Chão (Dori Caymmi / Nelson Motta)
10 – So What’s New (J. Pisano)

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Não tinha esse disco. Porém, graças ao amigo Martoni, ele agora pode ser buscado na Rádio Forma e Elenco.





Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Look Around (1968)

19 03 2012

Link original: Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Look Around (1968)
Publicado em: Saturday, May 05, 2007 by zecalouro

I think this album adds several things to my education on Sergio Mendes. Caetano sent it to Loronixers in the last package, thanks Caetano for it. The last Sergio Mendes at Loronix was The Swinger from Rio, recorded in 1968 was all instrumental and based upon Bossa Nova standards with Antonio Carlos Jobim participation and several songs by Jobim. Look Around was recorded three years later in 1968 and what we see here is a major change of direction, this album is pop and in the same time beautiful and very well done. It seems to me that Sergio Mendes is a very talented musician and also a competent businessman that quickly understood the market to conquer mass audiences without loosing the quality of his music.

This is Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Look Around (1968), for A&M. I think everything needed was said at the first paragraph, stay with AMG review by Richard Ginell, personnel and track list. Tracks include:

AMG Review

Sergio Mendes took a deep breath, expanded his sound to include strings lavishly arranged by the young Dave Grusin and Dick Hazard, went further into Brazil, and out came a gorgeous record of Brasil ’66 at the peak of its form. Here Mendes released himself from any reliance upon Antonio Carlos Jobim and rounded up a wealth of truly great material from Brazilian fellow travelers: Gilberto Gil’s jet-propelled “Roda” and Joao Donato’s clever “The Frog,” Dori Caymmi’s stunningly beautiful “Like a Lover,” Harold Lobo’s carnival-esque “Tristeza,” and Mendes himself (the haunting “So Many Stars” and the title track). Mendes was also hip enough to include “With a Little Help From My Friends” from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper LP. As things evolved, though, the one track that this album would be remembered for is the only other non-Brazilian tune, Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love,” in an inventive, grandiose arrangement with a simplified bossa beat. The tune just laid there on the album until Mendes and company performed it on the Academy Awards telecast in 1968. The performance was a sonic disaster, but no matter; the public response was huge, a single was released, and it become a monster, number four on the pop charts. So much for the reported demise of bossa nova; in Sergio Mendes’ assimilating, reshaping hands, allied with Herb Alpert’s flawless production, it was still a gold mine.

Personnel

Bob Matthews
(bass, vocals)
Joao Palma
(drums)
John Pisano
(piano)
Jose Soares
(percussion, vocals)
Janis Hansen and Lani Hall
(vocals)
Dave Grusin, Dick Hazard and Sergio Mendes
(arranger)
Sergio Mendes
(organ, piano)

Track List

01 – With a Little Help From My Friends (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
02 – Roda (Gilberto Gil / João Augusto)
03 – Like a Lover (O Cantador) (Dori Caymmi / Nelson Motta / Vrs. A. Bergman / Vrs. M. Bergman)
04 – The Frog (João Donato)
05 – Tristeza (Haroldo Lobo / Niltinho Tristeza / Vrs. Norman Gimbel)
06 – The Look Of Love (Burt Bacharach / David)
07 – Pra Dizer Adeus (Edu Lobo / Torquato Neto / Vrs. Lani Hall)
08 – Batucada (Marcos Valle / Paulo Sergio Valle)
09 – So Many Stars (Sergio Mendes / A. Bergman / M. Bergman)
10 – Look Around (Sergio Mendes / A. Bergman / M. Bergman)

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Um que Tenha.





Sergio Mendes – The Swinger from Rio (1965) featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim

16 03 2012

Link original: Sergio Mendes – The Swinger from Rio (1965) featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim
Publicado em: Sunday, April 29, 2007 by zecalouro

Everybody knows that I’m not the best person in town to talk about a Sergio Mendes album, Caetano is my right choice and we have been talking about this one for more than a month. This is an early 1964 Sergio Mendes LP. I know the first Sergio Mendes album is Dance Moderno, which is available at Loronix, Find It should give you the answer. Before Dance Moderno, there was released two albums, this one and the one that I like most, Voce Ainda Nao Ouviu Nada with Sergio Mendes & Bossa Rio. I don’t know what is the second one, but I’m sure this is my second favorite. Let’s see why.

This is Sergio Mendes – The Swinger from Rio (1964), for Atlantic, later released in Brazil as Bossa Nova York, for Elenco. The Brazilian issue explains where Swinger from Rio was recorded, in the US, featuring Maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim among other five stars artists, such as: Tiao Neto, Phil Woods and others. Antonio Carlos Jobim plays violao throughout the album and the US Jazz guest on various songs. Personnel listing is like a puzzle this time, presented just before track list. Tracks include:

PersonnelSambinha Bossa Nova
Garota de Ipanema
Useless Panorama

Sergio Mendes
(piano)
Antonio Carlos Jobim
(violao)
Tiao Neto
(bass)
Chico de Souza
(drums)
Art Farmer
(fluegehorn)

Maria Moita
So Danco Samba
The Dreamer

Sergio Mendes
(piano)
Antonio Carlos Jobim
(violao)
Tiao Neto
(bass)
Chico de Souza
(drums)
Phil Woods
(sax alto)

Primavera
Favela

Sergio Mendes
(piano)
Antonio Carlos Jobim
(violao)
Tiao Neto
(bass)
Chico de Souza
(drums)
Hubert Laws
(flute)

Batida Diferente
Pau Brasil

Sergio Mendes
(piano)
Tiao Neto
(bass)
Chico de Souza
(drums)
Hubert Laws
(flute)

Consolacao

Sergio Mendes
(piano)
Tiao Neto
(bass)
Chico de Souza
(drums)

Track List

01 – Maria Moita (Carlos Lyra / Vinicius de Moraes)
02 – Sambinha Bossa Nova (Tom Jobim)
03 – Batida Diferente (Durval Ferreira / Maurício Einhorn)
04 – Só Danço Samba (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
05 – Pau Brazil (Sergio Mendes)
06 – Garota de Ipanema (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
07 – Useless Panorama (Tom Jobim)
08 – The Dreamer (Tom Jobim / Vrs. Gene Lees)
09 – Primavera (Carlos Lyra)
10 – Consolação (Baden Powell)
11 – Favela (Tom Jobim)

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Magic Notes.





Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 – Raizes (1972)

1 03 2012

Link original: Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 – Raizes (1972)
Publicado em: Thursday, April 12, 2007 by zecalouro

I don’t know how popular and the availability of this Sergio Mendes LP outside Brazil. I guess this is a widely unknown record since it is a pretty experimental album from Sergio Mendes and his Brasil ’77. I want to say thanks to Justin for making zecalouro remembers this record, which worth the sharing as a really out of the standard works by Sergio Mendes. Let’s see why.

This is Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 – Raizes (1972), for A&M. This album was recorded in Brazil and does not have in fact any commercial expectations. It is a unique dive inside Brazilian ritualistic rhythms from Bahia full of percussion instruments lead by Rubens Bassini, vocals by Gracinha Leporace and Geri Stevens with Oscar Castro Neves guitar played loud from the start to end of this beautiful and unusual album. Perhaps is the first time an album is released at Loronix with a giant track of 19 minutes and I never could realize that Sergio Mendes would be responsible by this accomplishment. Tracks include:

PersonnelClaudio Slon
(drums)
Geri Stevens
(vocal)
Tiao Neto
(bass)
Laudir de Oliveira
(percussion, vocals)
Rubens Bassini
(percussion)
Oscar Castro Neves
(guitar)
Gracinha Leporace
(vocal)
Sergio Mendes
(piano, arranger, vocals, production)

Track List

01 – Promessa de Pescador (Dorival Caymmi)
02 – Após o Amanhecer (After Sunrise) (Tião Neto / Oscar Castro Neves)
03 – Canto de Ubiratan (Tradicional / Adpt. Sergio Mendes)
04 – Iemanjá (Baden Powell / Vinicius de Moraes)
05 – Pomba Gira (Tradicional / Adpt. Sergio Mendes)
06 – Jogo de Roda (Edu Lobo / Ruy Guerra)
07 – Promessa de Pescador (Dorival Caymmi)

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Abracadabra.