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Timeless (2006)

Artist: Sergio Mendes
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Format: CD
Sku: 202154804
UPC: 013431226321
UPC 14: 00013431226321
Release Date: 2/14/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Mas que Nada - (featuring The Black Eyed Peas) ~ Sergio Mendes
2. That Heat - (featuring Erykah Badu/Will.i.am) ~ Sergio Mendes
3. Berimbau / Consolacao - (featuring Stevie Wonder/Gracinha Leporace) ~ Sergio Mendes
4. Frog, The - (featuring Q-Tip) ~ Sergio Mendes
5. Let Me - (featuring Jill Scott) ~ Sergio Mendes
6. Bananeira - (featuring Mr. Vegas) ~ Sergio Mendes
7. Surfboard - (featuring Will.i.am) ~ Sergio Mendes
8. Please Baby Don't - (featuring John Legend) ~ Sergio Mendes
9. Samba Da Bencao - (featuring Marcelo D2) ~ Sergio Mendes
10. Timeless - (featuring India.Arie) ~ Sergio Mendes
11. Loose Ends - (featuring Justin Timberlake/Pharoahe Monch) ~ Sergio Mendes
12. Fo' Hop (Por Tras De Bras De Pina) - (featuring Guinga/Marcelo D2) ~ Sergio Mendes
13. Lamento - (featuring Maogani Quartet) ~ Sergio Mendes
14. E Menina ~ Sergio Mendes
15. Yes, Yes Y'all - (featuring Black Thought/Chali 2NA/Debi Nova) ~ Sergio Mendes
 
"Sergio Mendes

Sergio 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."

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.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Black Eyed Peas
Muze Guest Artist Erykah Badu
Muze Guest Artist Stevie Wonder
Muze Guest Artist Jill Scott
Muze Guest Artist Mr. Vegas
Muze Guest Artist John Legend
Muze Guest Artist India.Arie
Muze Guest Artist Justin Timberlake
Muze Guest Artist Q-Tip
Muze Guest Artist Will.I.Am
Muze Guest Artist Gracinha Leporace
Muze Guest Artist Marcelo D2
Muze Guest Artist Pharoahe Monch
Muze Guest Artist Guinga
Muze Guest Artist Maogani Quartet
Muze Guest Artist Black Thought
Muze Guest Artist Debi Nova
Muze Guest Artist Chali 2NA

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 14-Bossa Novaville
Muze Music Compilations Pure 80s Love: The No.01 Hits
Muze Music Compilations Brazilica V1
Muze Music Compilations Surrender
Muze Music Compilations Jill Scott Collaborations
Muze Music Compilations Superbad
Muze Music Compilations Rio: Music From The Motion Picture (Original Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations A m 50:Anniversary Collection
Muze Music Compilations Romantically Yours
Muze Music Compilations Anyone Who Had A Heart
Muze Music Compilations One Love One Rhythm:official 2014 Fif
Muze Music Compilations Brazil Beats The Carnival House & Lat
Muze Music Compilations Go Naked

Associated Artists and Works

Brasil 77
Brasil Sixty Six
Gilberto, Joao
Lincoln, Ed
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/14/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2263
Music Label Name Label : Concord
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00013431226321

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."

Bio

Sergio Mendes

Sergio 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.

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Mendes,Sergio
Product attributeLabel:   Concord Jazz
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