Sérgio Mendes

Sérgio Mendes

The legendary Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes unfolded on his latest album "Encanto" all his remarkable magic. And turns the album so in one of the finest of his unparalleled career. On the song collection Sergio honed his unique blend of infectious rhythms and irresistible melodies from the grand "Brazilian songbook", by his repeatedly modern arrangements and his masterful production methods. The result is no more or less than a real Sergio Mendes classic - a kaleidoscopic album that the feel (and hearing) the maestro emphasized fOr addictive melodies, and his talent, incredibly talented singers and musicians from around the world together.

"Every time I record a new album, it's a new adventure," the affable Mr. Mendes admits on the phone from his "second home" Los Angeles "." My primary motivation is to take beautiful songs. And the diversity of Brazilian music - both what the rhythm and the melody concerned - with the rest of the world to share ".

"This time I wanted to close the circle. So I decided to start this musical journey in my native Brazil. I went to Rio and Bahia, and had a meeting there with old friends, with whom I had long outgrown played. There are in Brazil a very special musical and creative environment that inspires me tremendously. "

In the pioneering era when based on the Samba Bossa Nova began almost exactly fifty years ago, Mendes was still living in Brazil. In fact, he was one of the first who played the new genre and promoted, together with Antonio Carlos Jobim, guitarist João Gilberto and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes.

True to his request, this time "to close the loop," Sergio Mendes recorded four Jobim classics for his new album. A hip-hop version of "Agua de Beber" with Toninho Horta on guitar, Mendes wife Gracinha Leporace, singing, and himself on the Fender Rhodes. In addition, "Waters Of March" with the Grammy-nominated Ledisi on vocals, "Somewhere in the Hills" with the vocals of Natalie Cole and a flugelhorn solo by Till Bronner, and finally "Dreamer" who enjoys the special honor, the first solo to present by Herb Alpert on an album of his former proteges Sergio Mendes - the singing comes here by Lani Hall, Alpert's wife and the original lead singer of Mendes Brasil `66th

The most daring cover of the album, however, probably a new version of Burt Bacharach be "The Look Of Love", the Sergio Mendes in 1967 in the bossa nova heaven enraptured, and as the biggest hit of Brasil '66 was. Produced by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, this version retains the enchanting melody of the original, brings the song but otherwise clear into the new millennium. For Mendes' timelessly magnificent bassline intro, come here hip drum programmings and a sexy Lead Vocal / Rap by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.

"I talked to Will about" The Look Of Love ". I looked for a way to modernize it best with this dance beat, I had heard in Brazil, which is now with the young people there very popular. I .. thought he would fit well to Will liked the idea and suggested that Fergie would sing along on their last album "Timeless" we "Mas Que Nada" re-edited and presented very different and fresh - it was an international . This time we hit "The look Of Love" made -. forty years later "

Will.i.am's enthusiasm fOr Mendes' music should Nobody more amazing. He grew up in Los Angeles and gathered early Mendes' bossa nova classics on vinyl. The elegant, pan-Latin American approach of dance music with excellent arrangements and best production inspired him. The joint cooperation between the two to "Timeless" in 2006 brought the happiness to musical expression that it felt will.i.am, to make an album with his longtime idol.

"After" Timeless "had finished, Will kept asking me: When do we start with number 2 on?" Says Mendes laughing. "I like it very to cooperate with him, because he controls its very own, unique musical universe at this time I felt it was very important to take him to Brazil -.. To my roots He got the" escolas de sambas "to see and even met Carlinhos Brown - and has equally written a song with him. "

Mendes experts remind sure Carlinhos Brown has most of the songs written on "Brasileiro", the groundbreaking album from 1992, on the Mendes lodged for the first time a new gear and thorough consideration set with "Bahian" rhythms and sounds. The percussion virtuoso, singer and songwriter Carlinhos Brown is now all over the world famous for its funky song structures and its deep percussion structure. "Funky Bahia", the song he composed together with will.i.am Concerning this CD, is a perfect cross between American mainstream and Brazilian sensations - just the sort of multicultural encounters that were jazz lovers Mendes always cherished. Sung is the new songs of Will and the singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett, another "Mendes-beens" who in Mendes sang in the mid-80s' band and is also available on several of his albums to hear. In addition, can be heard on "Funky Bahia" two of the greatest musicians of her generation, which also belong to Sergios elders friends and colleagues: The guitar virtuoso Paul Jackson Jr. and the legendary bassist Alphonso Johnson. The cast of the album includes Sergios longstanding band members Mike Shapiro - now twenty years his drummer - and Percussion brothers Meia Noite and Gibi from Bahia.

"I've always dreamed of making an album with guest artists from different cultural backgrounds who sing in their native languages ​​and that the power and the magic of Brazilian melodies illustrate," says Sergio. In addition to the magnificent singing of Zap Mama (in French), also an Italian rap superstar Jovanotti and the Spanish song of the brightest stars of contemporary Latin pop on this album to listen: Juanes sings a new composition by Joao Donato and Joyce called "Y Vamos Ya".

"I have heard Juanes years ago and immediately thought that he has a beautiful voice," says Mendes. "Fortunately, I was able now to contact him and have him as a guest in this project."

If there is a unifying element that brings together all of the songs on "Encanto", it's the joy that always in the voices of Mendes' "fellow musicians" resonates. Independent of the country that come what fOr a cultural background they have, or what genre they really belong - they were all thrilled with the accommodation Maestro to can. And that speaks volumes about the course timeless appeal of Sergio's unique musical style.

"The Brazilian music has a certain sensibility, a very pure feeling", he concludes. "The melodies are very engaging, the rhythms are intoxicating, the songwriting has no equal and the harmonies are beautiful. This sound has a freshness that simply does not decrease." And as the album title comes into play: "" Encanto "is a wonderful Portuguese word that I have for that alone, is selected as the album title, because it describes the whole project perfectly After all, it means magic and enchantment"..

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