Friday, July 20, 2018
Masquerade - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Cover Art: Jane Winter
Art Direction: Meredythe Jones Rossi
Remastering Engineer: Bob McNabb
Pickwick International, Inc.
Pickwick Records Division
From the inside jacket: Sergio Mendes grew up in Rio de Janeiro and learned to play piano at an early age. At first it was mainly classical music, but by his late teens he was considered on of Brazil's leading jazz interpreters. Then bossa nova swept his country's popular music scene, and Sergio's fancy followed it. He grasped the style wholeheartedly, but also began to experiment with a few of his own ideas. His work was so successful that he won Brazil's Best Piano Player and Arranger Award three years in a row.
In 1962 The Brazilian government helped finance a trip to New York for Mendes and his group Bossa Rio, where they played Carnegie Hall to universal acclaim. Zealous reception of the Mendes sound prompted considerable touring in ensuing years, as well as continued experimentation. In 1965 Sergio came to California to stay, and with him came a new group at first called Brazil '65, then Brazil '66. – Howard Brinkman
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