The release date for Sergio Mendes’ upcoming album Bom Tempo has been set for June 1st via Concord Records, which will simultaneously release Sergio’s remix disc Bom Tempo Brasil. Produced by Sergio himself, Bom Tempo expands Mendes’ use of color, texture and street-derived energy, highlighting his mastery of authentic Brazilian rhythms and composition. The companion remix album Bom Tempo Brasil features dance mixes of new and classic Mendes tracks from producers including Paul Oakenfold, Cutmore, Moto Blanco, Nicola Conte, Nervo, and others.
More than forty years after his genre-bending – and ultimately groundbreaking – work with Brasil 66, Brazilian producer, keyboardist, composer, bandleader Sergio Mendes continues to borrow elements of traditional as well as contemporary styles from either side of the Equator and all points on the globe and seamlessly graft them to his deep Latin jazz foundations. “Every time I make a new album,” says Mendes, “it’s a new musical adventure.”
Bom Tempo represents the next artistic step on his prolific Concord journey that began with Timeless in 2006, followed by Encanto two years later. Borrowing from the songbooks of great Brazilian composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento and others (plus one offering penned by American pop icon Stevie Wonder), Bom Tempo expands Mendes’ use of color, texture and street-derived energy, highlighting his mastery of authentic Brazilian rhythms and composition. The Portuguese title succinctly captures the spirit of the music within, says Mendes: “This is bom tempo music, good times music.”
“I wanted to create a collection of songs that are mostly uptempo, fresh and danceable, so that young people can relate to them,” says Mendes of his work on Bom Tempo. “I want to reintroduce great Brazilian melodies in a different way and communicate with a new audience.”