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Encanto [International Super Jewel]
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Album: Encanto [International Super Jewel]
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Look Of Love Album Version More Info... 3:59
2)    Funky Bahia Album Version More Info... 3:58
3)    Waters Of March Album Version More Info... 3:58
4)    Odo-Ya Album Version More Info... 3:51
5)    Somewhere in the Hills (O Morro Nao Tem Vez) Album Version More Info... 4:01
6)    Lugar Comum Album Version More Info... 4:16
7)    Dreamer Album Version More Info... 4:43
8)    Morning in Rio Album Version More Info... 4:20
9)    Y Vamos Ya (...Let's Go) Album Version More Info... 4:18
10)    Catavento (Catavento e Girassol) Album Version More Info... 3:50
11)    Acode Album Version More Info... 4:28
12)    Agua De Beber Album Version More Info... 4:03
13)    Waters of March (Les Eaux de Mars) French Version More Info... 3:56
14)    E Vamos La (...Let's Go) Album Version More Info... 4:20
 
Album: Encanto [International Super Jewel]
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Look Of Love Album Version More Info... 3:59
2)    Funky Bahia Album Version More Info... 3:58
3)    Waters Of March Album Version More Info... 3:58
4)    Odo-Ya Album Version More Info... 3:51
5)    Somewhere in the Hills (O Morro Nao Tem Vez) Album Version More Info... 4:01
6)    Lugar Comum Album Version More Info... 4:16
7)    Dreamer Album Version More Info... 4:43
8)    Morning in Rio Album Version More Info... 4:20
9)    Y Vamos Ya (...Let's Go) Album Version More Info... 4:18
10)    Catavento (Catavento e Girassol) Album Version More Info... 3:50
11)    Acode Album Version More Info... 4:28
12)    Agua De Beber Album Version More Info... 4:03
13)    Waters of March (Les Eaux de Mars) French Version More Info... 3:56
14)    E Vamos La (...Let's Go) Album Version More Info... 4:20
 
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  • Personnel: Sergio Mendes (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, synthesizer, background vocals); will.i.am (vocals, rap vocals, drum programming); Gracinha Leporace, Bill Cantos (vocals, background vocals); Lani Hall, Siedah Garrett, Vanessa da Mata (vocals); Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Toninho Horta (guitar, acoustic guitar); Kleber Jorge (acoustic guitar, cavaquinho); Justo Almario (flute); Herb Alpert (trumpet); Till Brnner (flugelhorn); Joao Donato (Fender Rhodes piano); Mike Shapiro (drums, percussion); Gordinho , Jaguara, Pedro Bernardes, Meia Noite, Jorge Gomes, Ivo Meirelles, Pretinho DaSerrinha (percussion); Clvis P, Telma Tavares, Angela Sol (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Bill Schnee.
  • Recording information: Carlinhos Brown Studio, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; House Of Blues Studios, Encino, CA; Las Montanas De Mendellin; Nas Nuvens Studio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Schnee Studio, N. Hollywood, CA; Wild West Studio, Malibu, CA; Will.I.Am Studio, Los Feliz, CA.
  • Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
  • Translator: Asdrubal Sierra.
  • Arrangers: Sergio Mendes; will.i.am.
  • Though he's always been at the front of the show, Sergio Mendes has often gotten by with the help of his friends. As in 1965, so in 2008. The newest update of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 -- feel free to call it Brasil '08 -- has a varied cast, led by co-producer will.i.am, who adapts his style well to urban and Brazilian forms. It also includes will.i.am's Black Eyed Peas bandmate Fergie, doing "The Look of Love" in a version that may never reach the heights of the original, but never becomes as embarrassing as "My Humps." Surprisingly, it's a good performance from Fergie; although she never approaches the sultriness of Dusty Springfield's original, her quick-paced singing on the verses is some kind of career highlight. Elsewhere, Mendes deserves most of the credit, especially since will.i.am only bookends the album (he produces the first two tracks and the last two). Encanto makes room for a parade of excellent musicians, including Carlinhos Brown, Ledisi, Natalie Cole, and Herb Alpert. (Not to be left out is the rhythm section, anchored by bass veterans Alphonso Johnson or Liminha.) The material breezes over quite a few Brazilian classics of the bossa nova era, and gives them just enough freshness to sound new. "Waters of March," with Johnson's nimble bass, makes room for a fine Ledisi vocal (granted, it's difficult to fail on that song). Mendes takes several solos on acoustic piano or Rhodes, best on the Herb Alpert feature "Dreamer." Overall, Encanto is a difficult record to judge; from the cover and the first two tracks, it appears to be urban all the way. The bulk of the album, however, is modern Brazilian jazz-fusion with an array of excellent musicians. Hopefully, its two potential audiences -- dance or hip-hop fans and Latin jazz listeners -- aren't steered away from it by thinking it's only concerned with one or the other. [Universal Jazz also released the CD.] ~ John Bush
Professional Reviews
Vibe (p.60) - "Will.i.am's arrangements achieve a colorful cheer on tracks like 'Agua de Beber' and the skittering, Fergie-starring 'The Look of Love'..."

Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.48) - "[T]he whole thing keeps its dominant foot in Brazil and allows for vital chip-ins from such compatriots as Carlinhos Brown and newcomer Vanessa da Mata."
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