It has been a while since the last post, so we would like to share with you a very special album in the library. Westernly known under its English tag of Primal Roots, Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’77 cuts deep with their not so popular Raizes album. Don’t be fooled by the group name, this album was recorded in 1972. I haven’t actually quite figured out why Mendes named his groups the way he did. This is possibly one of the deepest (and out-there), Sergio Mendes albums ever released, might we recommend his live Brasil ’65 album, In Person at El Matador! (which will likely see the light of day here at somepoint).
Unlike the rest of his career which was based on turning Antonio Carlos Jobim‘s mellow bossa nova tunes and The Beatles’ rock into spiced up dancining opportunies, this album touches back on primative percussion and pushes away from the usual show tune avant garde. Though Raizes, is one of the least talked about albums, one particular tribal break on the record still makes DJs and B-Boys salivate as it has been used over and again from some of hip-hop’s most respected artists and producers including, the Visionaries, Yesterday’s New Quintet and even J. Dilla.
This was one of his last releases on Herb Alpert‘s A&M label, and then it was on to the 1980’s, and eventually a Brasil ’66 forty year anniversary release with the help of will.i.am, need I say more? Advanced listeners only for the 19 minute track. May we also urge you, if you haven’t already, to delve into and sorting through the rest of Sergio Mendes’ great catalogue, particularly the ’65, ’66 and ’77 eras.
Download Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’77 here.
01 – Promessa de Pescador (Dorival Caymmi)
02 – Após o Amanhecer (After Sunrise) (Tião Neto / Oscar Castro Neves)
03 – Canto de Ubiratan (Tradicional / Adpt. Sergio Mendes)
04 – Iemanjá (Baden Powell / Vinicius de Moraes)
05 – Pomba Gira (Tradicional / Adpt. Sergio Mendes)
06 – Jogo de Roda (Edu Lobo / Ruy Guerra)
07 – Promessa de Pescador (Dorival Caymmi)