Simple the best
Sergio Mendes still up to date. This new album brings Carlinhos Brown as co-star and more Brazilian rhythm and soul. Also the sweetest voice of Gracinha Leporace. It’s Dance, it’s coll, it’s bom tempo.
Some hidden gems here!
I was excited when I heard that Sergio was to debut a new cd whilst listening to "Watercolors" on xm. I heard a couple of selections and wondered why I thought I had heard them before. Of course being a Sergio Mendes before many of you existed, I HAD heard them before! The arrangements were different, but in some, only slightly.
Now to the meat of my review. I like he addressed a Jobim, a Valle' and a Nascimento tidbit, but he's missed some he should have recorded but never did. I chose not to discuss that, other than he put a couple of "newbies" on here that are keepers.
"Orpheus" is classic 70's Sergio & "Brasil whatever" they were all great to me. Nice melody and rhythm and little hip hop electro phunk.! Then there is "Carminhos Cruzados" a wonderful piece of art. Mrs. Mendes ( Grachinha Laporace of Bossa Rio note ) is delicate and still alluring. Laporace repeats her feats on "So Tinha...", which I still love by Astrud Gilberto, and the duet with Seu Jorge "Maracatu". These are not new songs to the Brazilian love affair I have, but are to the Mendes treatment. Still he's more deja vu here, than in the last couple of releases, and I love it.
Finally Seu Jorge is refreshing to hear. This sound goes back to the samba tempos and melodies that anyone, who loves Sergio Mendes, remembers!
This is a winner, while not perfect, Sergio only missed it by a "head's length" and deserves a buy here!
Sergio Is the Best!
I saw Sergio back in the late 60's at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was exciting to listen to and his group was energetic and great to watch. I love his music and the passage of time has only increased my appreciation of his great talent! Keep it coming, Sergio!
Can be summed up by this:
"Jane says, 'I don't need Sergio'"
The best aways
Here Comes The Sun!!!!
Sergio is always flippin' the script...Funky Brazilian Grooves that make you wanna grab your big hat, your thongs and your shades and hop a flight to Brazil. Keep it comin' Sergio!!! It isn't Summer without you.