Sergio Mendes' Favorite Things
Label: Craft Recordings
Sergio Mendes' poppier vocal material on A&M Records was already hitting the charts hard when Atlantic released the pianist's final instrumental album in 1968. Favorite Things finds the middle ground between his bossa nova beginnings and his crossover easy listening sound. Mendes plays lean Jobim-style piano, even leaner Walter Wanderley-style organ, and baroque harpsichord on hits of the day.