Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sergio MENDES & Brasil ’66 - Equinox 1967

Sergio MENDES & Brasil ’66 - Equinox 1967
A&M SP 4122


Equinox continues the scrumptiously winning sound that Sergio Mendes cooked up in the mid-'60s, this time a bit more fleshed out with John Pisano's guitar, a slightly thicker texture, and even an imitation sitar (this was, after all, 1967). Again, the mix of American pop tunes old and new and Brazilian standards and sleepers is impeccable (although it didn't yield any substantial hits), and the treatments are smooth, swinging, and very much to the point. While Mendes reaps a predictable harvest from Antonio Carlos Jobim -- he was one of the first to discover and record "Triste" and "Wave" -- he also likes to explore the work of other outstanding Brazilian writers like Jorge Ben, Joao Gilberto, and especially Edu Lobo (whose "For Me," with its bright flashes of combo organ, is one of the album's highlights). Lani Hall's star was just rising at this time, and it is her cool, clear voice that haunts the memory most often. Like its predecessor, Equinox is exceedingly brief in duration, yet not a motion is wasted.
By Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide.
Sergio Mendes- Piano, Vocals, Arranger
Lani Hall- Vocals
Janis Hansen- Vocals
John Pisano- Guitar
Bob Matthews- Bass, Vocals
José Soares- Percussion, Vocals
João Palma- Drums
A1 Constant Rain (Chove Chuva)   3:20
A2 Cinnamon and Clove  2:27
A3 Watch What Happens  2:50
A4 For Me  3:25
A5 Bim-Bom  1:58
B1 Night & Day  3:10
B2 Triste  2:11
B3 Gente  1:56
B4 Wave  2:20
B5 So Danco Samba (Jazz 'n Samba)  1:58

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