Originally trained as a classical pianist, Sergio Mendes eventually felt the lure of other musical genres. As a young man he abandoned his classical roots in favor of jazz and Brazilian music. In the early 60s Sergio made his way to New York and found himself performing with the likes of Art Farmer and Cannonball Adderley, but it was to be his native Bossa Nova beat and soft pop melodies, blended with a touch of lite jazz, that would dominate his musical life.
Charlie Elgart is an accomplished composer, producer and arranger … not to mention his talent as a keyboardist and skills at the mixing console. He does it all and constantly strives to do more. While his primary influences range from Oscar Peterson to Michel Legrand, he tends to lean more toward contemporary sounds when expressing his own music. The result is a melodic form of what is generally referred to as ‘lite jazz’.