In 1968, Sérgio Mendes took a break from A&M Records and Brasil '66 to record a solo LP for ATLANTIC entitled SERGIO MENDES' FAVORITE THINGS (SD 8177). Released in Jan '68, the 45 of "I Say a Little Prayer" peaked at #21 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and was a Bubbling Under #106, Pop.
Dave Grusin arranged, conducted and played organ on these sessions. Sérgio is heard on piano, harpsichord and electric piano. Tom Scott, on loan from ABC, plays flute, soprano sax and piccolo. John Pisano, guest guitarist on Brasil '66's A&M debut album, is here on guitar. Larry Knechtel plays fender bass, Joe Mondragon, bass. Dom Um Romeo's the drummer, Joao Donato and Moacir Santos, percussionists.
Grusin wisely avoids drowning these tracks with sugary strings, but uses them sparingly. "Tempo Feliz" is a rhythm-prominent upbeat samba, and a highlight. Sérgio's interpretation of "A Banda" is most unique: an opening solo honky tonk piano gives way to a syncopated military beat number featuring a tuba. The track ends as it began, with a fade-in of the slower solo piano.
Mendes mans a harpsichord on "Boa Palavra" and an electric piano set for harpsichord on O Mar é Meu Chão. The program's bouncy finale, "So What's New," is familiar and another highlight.
[2:52] My Favorite Things
[2:34] Tempo Feliz (Happy Times)
[3:21] Veleiro (The Sailboat)
[2:30] A Banda (Parade)
[2:08] I Say a Little Prayer
[3:00] Comin' Home Baby
[3:08] Boa Palavra (The Good Word)
[3:24] O Mar é Meu Chão (The Sea is My Soul)
[3:01] So What's New
TOTAL TIME: 28:24