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Reviewers: Tony Augarde [Editor], Steve Arloff, Nick Barnard, Pierre Giroux, Don Mather, Glyn Pursglove, George Stacy, Sam Webster, Jonathan Woolf

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Bom Tempo

Concord 0888072315754



1. Emorio
2. Maracatu Atomico
3. You and I
4. Ye-Me-Le
5. Magaienha
6. Orpheus (Quiet Carnival)
7. Pais Tropical
8. Maracatu (Nation of Love)
9. The Real Thing
10. Caminos Cruzados (Cross Roads)
11. Caxanga
12. So Tinha De Ser Com Voce (It Had to be with You)


Pianist and vocalist Sergio Mendes has been a successful producer and performer in the record market for four decades. He has achieved this by mixing the exciting rhythms of his native Brazil with current trends in pop music.This time the Latin rhythms are mixed with elements of hip-hop. Make no mistake: this is dancing music and I have no doubt that this will be a hit in discotheques world wide.

Mendes is a very skilful vocalist, pianist and record producer and many of the tracks here are remakes of what he has done before. In each case, however, the arrangements are new and the style changed sufficiently to give the tune new life. The jazz content is not high, but the standard of musicianship is first class and all of the arrangements very musical. The vocals are neat and well performed, but first and foremost this is wonderful dance music.

Don Mather

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