In Person At El Matador
Label: Concord Music Group
This live performance captures Sergio Mendes at his best. Mendes, who previously concentrated on his lean, propulsive American piano style, had just put his stellar band Brazil 66 together, but he had yet to add elements of pop to their sophisticated Brazilian sound. Fans of Herb Alpert-style easy listening should look elsewhere. This is a superb bossa nova record.