S ergio Mendes born February 11th 1941 in Rio de Janeiro is well known for fusing bossa nova with the styles of jazz, pop and funk.
The son of a physician Mendes attended music school as he held ambitions of becoming a classical pianist. However, he gained an interest in jazz and in the late 1950s and began to play in night clubs where he was exposed to bossa nova and the likes of Tom Jobim.
Mendes formed the band “Sexteto Bossa Rio” and recorded his first album “Dance Moderno” in 1961. He then went on to tour Europe and America the latter of which he migrated to in 1964 recording two more albums under the group name Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’65 which included the likes of Jorge ben Jor and Wanda Sá,
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’65 evolved into Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 after a shake up with its members. They released the album “Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66” which had great success due to its cover of the Jorge Ben Jor hit Mas Que Nada.
Mendes performed at the 1968 Academy Awards which brought him great popularity. Coupled with the success of Mas Que Nada and other singles during 1968, Mendes was regarded as the biggest Brazilian star in the world at the time.
Over the past 30 years Mendes has continued to be a main stay in Brazilian and pop music. Working with the artistes such as Stevie Wonder ,the Black Eyed Peas and releasing commercially successful albums such as his Grammy award winning “Brasileiro” he has developed a great reputation not only in Brazil but also around the world.
1963 Quiet Nights(Phillips)
1966 Great Arrival(Atlantic)
1966 The Swinger from Rio(Atlantic)
1967 The Beat of Brazil(Atlantic)
1968 Sergio Mendes’ Favorite Things(Atlantic)
1975 Sergio Mendes( Elektra)
1977 Pele OST(Atlantic)
1979 Horizonte Aberto(Som Livre)
1980 Alegria (WEA)
1983 Sergio Mendes(A&M)
1986 Brasil 86(A&M)
1996 Oceano(Verve Forecast)
1998 Mas Que Nada(West Wind)
2010 Bom Tempo(Concord)
1964 Voce Ainda Nao Ouviu Nada!(with Bossa Rio)(Phillips)
1968 Cannonball Adderley And The Bossa Rio Sextet With Sergio Mendes(with Bossa Rio)(Capitol)