Two sparkling jazzy albums from 1966! The Great Arrival is one of Sergio Mendes' most dreamy albums, and it's an all-instrumental batch of tracks. The format is easy Brazilian piano, over larger arrangements with a good jazz component – and the record features Mendes soloing over work by American arrangers Clare Fischer, Bob
Florence, and Richard Hazard. The record's got bright horns, lush banks of strings, and cascading rhythms – all produced with exceptional sound, so that Sergio's piano goes gliding over the top in a manner that's similar to some of the Luis Eca albums in a similar format. Tracks include "Carnaval", "Boranda", "Nana", and "Bonita". Bully is the Quartette Tres Bien's only album for Atlantic, and it's a bit more of a straight jazz album than some of their sessions for Decca. The band's got their percussion/
piano groove running hard – with Percy James on bongo and conga, Albert St James on drums, and Jeter Thompson
on piano – and the playing has a strong focus on the piano work by Thompson
, with a good mix of soul and lyrical styles. Includes the original track "Bully", plus versions of "Work Song", "Caravan", "Three O'Clock In The Morning", and "I Never Knew".