Take a sharp-dressed piano man, add catchy music and perfect harmonies.  The result: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66.

Hugely overshadowed by the “Surf Sixties” and “Free Love Sixties,” the “Lounge Sixties” stands today in testament of the quality and talent that permeated the decade – on full display in countless videos on the Intertubes.  The Bossa Nova beat is difficult to ignore – upbeat happiness that caresses the ears.

Case in point is the song Mas Que Nada, originally written and performed in 1963 by Jorge Ben.

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 brought it to prominence about three years later on their A&M debut.  While I have known about Sergio Mendes’ talent now for many years, I only first hear Mas Que Nada as part of the soundtrack for 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. I picked up the clean copy of the A&M LP a while back, and play it regularly.  Since then I have also purchased other Sergio Mendes work, thoroughly enjoying every one.

If you’re down, try a little Bossa Nova and a strong cup of South American coffee.  That’ll clear up what ails you 🙂