11 February 1941, Niteroi, Brazil. A pianist, composer, arranger and band leader, who is indelibly identified with the bossa nova boom of 60s. After touring North America with his own quintet, Mendes settled there late in 1964, and worked on recordings with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Art Farmer. He founded Brasil 65, which later evolved into Brasil 66, a two women-four man, vocal-instrumental band which marketed a delicately-mixed blend of pianistic jazz, subtle Latin nuances, John Lennon / Paul McCartney style, some Henry Mancini, here and there a touch of Burt Bacharach, cool minor chords, danceable up-beat, gentle laughter and a little sex. The initial ensemble comprised Mendes (piano/vocals), Joses Soares (Latin percussion/vocals), Bob Matthews (bass/vocals), Joao Palma (drums) and vocalists Janis Hansen and Lani Hall. Halls husband, Herb Alpert, the owner, with Jerry Moss, of A&M Records, became Mendes patron, and together...
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