Timeless CD (2006)

Artist: Sergio Mendes

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Sergio Mendes is one of the most enduring artists to hail from musically and culturally rich Brazil. His signature blending of Brazilian music with American pop - as epitomized by his Brazil '66 band and such mega-hits as "Mas Que Nada" - have made him one of the most popular and beloved Brazilian artists of all time. Time and time again, Mendes has proven that creative innovation and musical accessibility needn't be mutually exclusive. Rather, they can blend artfully in a celebratory musical style that invites everyone to the party. Speaking of innovation and inclusiveness, if there's anyone knows how make music that will get a party started it's Black Eyed Peas's refreshingly eclectic mastermind/rapper/producer Will.i.am. Here, at Sergio's party, the list of invited guests is A-list all the way: Will.i.am (as producer and performer), Black Eyed Peas, Q-Tip, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, John Legend, Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Pharoahe Monch, Chali 2na, Black Thought (of The Roots), Marcelo D2, and others. Melding Sergio Mendes's classic, infectious mix of Brazilian bossa nova and samba rhythms, jazz, and pop music with the fresh-as-tomorrow, modern hip-hop production flavor of Will.i.am, this constantly grooving mix of classic and modern sounds is - in a word - Timeless.


Label Concord Records
SKU 202154804
UPC 013431226321
UPC 14 00013431226321
Format CD
Release Date 2/14/2006
Author Sergio Mendes
Compilation Appearance VOL. 2-BOSSA NOVA RISE OF BRAZILIAN MUSIC IN THE 1 [Vinyl Record]
Associated Artist/Work Adderley, Cannonball
Associated Artist/Work Brasil 77
Associated Artist/Work Brasil Sixty Six
Associated Artist/Work Gilberto, Joao
Associated Artist/Work Lincoln, Ed
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
CatalogID 2263
Lable Name Concord
Released 02/14/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00013431226321
Musical Guests
Black Eyed Peas
Erykah Badu
Stevie Wonder
Jill Scott
Mr. Vegas
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Gracinha Leporace
Marcelo D2
Pharoahe Monch
Maogani Quartet
Black Thought
Debi Nova
Chali 2NA
Album Notes and Credits
The phenomenon of legendary older musicians working with younger contemporary artists to broaden artistic and commercial possibilities had almost become its own genre by the mid-2000s. Sergio Mendes's 2006 release TIMELESS keeps that trend alive and kicking. In a full-scale collaboration with Black Eyed Peas, Mendes updates the Brazilian pop he mastered in the 1960s by infusing it with R&B and hip-hop.
The synthesis should come as no surprise. Amid the reggaeton craze of the 2000s, who better to lay down Latin-flavored tracks for MCs than Mr. Brazil 66 himself? But the real clincher here is the roster of guest stars which includes Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, the Roots, and the aforementioned Black Eyed Peas, among many others. The odd, yet surprisingly successful combos (Timberlake and underground MC Pharoahe Monch anyone?) mix Mendes's bossa nova and samba with equal doses mainstream pop, funky soul, and hard-edged rap, revealing the polymorphous possibilities in the master's sound, and creating an album that is certainly timely, if not timeless.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he album relaxes halfway through with lush, newly written ballads....When TIMELESS succeeds, it's beautiful, boundary-breaking music."
Entertainment Weekly (p.64) - "[This] set of gentle samba-jazz-rap is a pleasant surprise..." -- Grade: B
JazzTimes (p.78) - "[I]t is Mendes who is the album's backbone -- his piano work forming the solid centerline that assuredly, passionately defines every joyous bump, crevice and curve."
Artist Bio
Sergio MendesSergio Mendes is the most internationally successful Brazilian artist of all time. From the mid 1960's to the late ?70's, Mendes established his legend by taking numerous albums and singles, such as ?Brasil 66", ?Mas Que Nada,? and ?The Look of Love", to the top of the pop charts.Sergio Mendes has been recording since 1961, and he was playing the legendary NYC jazz club, Birdland, with his band by 1962. After signing to A&M Records in 1966, he immediately became the biggest Brazilian artist of the decade - which is really saying something when you consider that it was also the decade of the bossa nova and the huge hit, ?Girl From Ipanema,? both phenomenons. Sort of a Brazilian counterpart to A&M label head Herb Alpert?s own Tijuana Brass, Mendes? Brasil ?66 featuring two of the sexiest, most beautiful female vocalist of the era, including Lain Hall (who later married Herb Alpert) - reached the top of the Billboard singles charts with smashes like ?The Look of Love? (which immediately became a perennial standard upon release), covers of ?Scarborough Fair", and ?The Fool on the Hill", and, probably their signature song, ?Mas Que Nada.? Mendes? albums kept charting throughout the ?70s. In 1983, he scored one of the biggest hits of his career with the amazing ?Never Going to Let You Go,? which reached the top of the AC, Pop and Black Singles charts. In 1993 Mendes won a Grammy Award for his album Brasileiro.Mendes? music is so representative of his native Brazil, in fact, that the aforementioned ?Mas Que Nada", his first hit, has become synonymous with the country throughout the world. You?d almost have to be a hermit to have never heard the track...and to not immediately think of Brazil when you do. So it?s only fitting that a new version of the song should be the song Sergio and Will agreed upon to kickoff Timeless.
Disc 1
1 Mas que Nada - (featuring The Black Eyed Peas)
2 That Heat - (featuring Erykah Badu/Will.i.am)
3 Berimbau / Consolacao - (featuring Stevie Wonder/Gracinha Leporace)
4 Frog, The - (featuring Q-Tip)
5 Let Me - (featuring Jill Scott)
6 Bananeira - (featuring Mr. Vegas)
7 Surfboard - (featuring Will.i.am)
8 Please Baby Don't - (featuring John Legend)
9 Samba Da Bencao - (featuring Marcelo D2)
10 Timeless - (featuring India.Arie)
11 Loose Ends - (featuring Justin Timberlake/Pharoahe Monch)
12 Fo' Hop (Por Tras De Bras De Pina) - (featuring Guinga/Marcelo D2)
13 Lamento - (featuring Maogani Quartet)
14 E Menina
15 Yes, Yes Y'all - (featuring Black Thought/Chali 2NA/Debi Nova)
Product Attributes
Artist Mendes,Sergio
Label Concord Jazz

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