Mendes Articles, Links, News & Reviews
Review of Sergio Mendes and Brasil '65 - From Billboard Magazine - October 9, 1965 - Page 24:
A review about Sergio Mendes and Brasil '77 appearing in Concert with Henry Mancini - Billboard Magazine - August 16, 1975:
Special Note: Henry Mancini played in Concert with Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 on these dates in July 1968:
7/22 San Antonio
7/25 Portland, OR
is an article (in Portuguese) about Claudio Slon's then current
career with Sergio Mendes (Folha de São Paulo, 1975).
is a large photo file - over 300k - (text in Portuguese) about Sergio
Mendes' personnel from the 1970s.
(2.5 mb) - This solo is in mono, but is a significant one recorded by
Sergio drummer Claudio Slon himself with a small portable tape
recorder he put next to his drum set. It was made in the late 1970s
in Japan when Claudio performed, recorded and toured with Sergio
Mendes. This link above will take you to the place in
Claudio's site where the mp3 file resides.
[Thanks to Daniel Slon for contributing the
above 3 items]
From Billboard Magazine - October 8, 1977:
Published in Jornal do
Sérgio Mendes relança
Três raridades de Sérgio Mendes
gravadas nos EUA nos 70 aportam aqui dia 20, reeditadas via BMG com
produção e minuciosos textos de Arnaldo de Souteiro.
Home cooking (1975) conta com Gilberto Gil (vocal e violão) em
Emoriô, Hey, people hey (Ê povo ê) e a obscura Cut
that out, Hermeto Pascoal (órgão Hammond e flauta), a
dupla de trombones Raul de Souza e Frank Rosolino, além de
Paulinho da Costa (percussão) e Claudio Slon (bateria). Carlos
e Kate Lyra assinam It's so obvious that I love you (Cara bonita) e
Kate é parceira de Sérgio na faixa título. Em
Sérgio Mendes & The New Brasil 77 (1977), brilha o conviva
Stevie Wonder, que toca teclados em várias faixas e fornece os
hits Love city e The real thing. A percussão é
reforçada por três bateristas (Steve Gadd, entre eles) e
sete percussionistas, incluindo Dom Chacal, Laudir de Oliveira,
Tião Netto (fora do baixo) e Stevie Forman, um ianque bom de
cuíca, além do hit do Chicago If you leave me now. O
terceiro é Brasil 88, com Naná Vasconcellos, Nelson
Angelo, Ernie Watts, Buddy Shank, Alex Acuña (bateria) e Emil
Richards (percussão), arranjos de cordas de Dave Grusin e Dick
Hazard. De 26 a 31 de agosto, Sérgio faz temporada com a nova
banda Brasil 2002 no Blue Note de Tóquio, promovendo
três CDs que só sairão no Japão:
País tropical (1970), Stillness (1971) e Live at Expo 70,
gravado ao vivo em Osaka.
Bounce Magazine (Japan) - 2002:
- This is a Japanese magazine cover which contains an article on
Sergio's 2002 CD reissues produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro (article
- This is the Japanese article which talks about Sergio's 2002 CD
reissues produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro (albums are pictured on the
right hand side of the article).
From Seoul, Korea - 2006:
Advertisement of upcoming Sergio concert in Seoul!
From Australia - 2006:
A November 10, 2006 article from the Australian press which talks about
Sergio touring that country for the first time in 21 years with his new
From the Concord Music Group Web Site:
Guest Artists Carlinhos Brown, Natalie Cole,
Herb Alpert, Lani Hall, Fergie, Juanes, Ledisi, and More Join the
Legendary Brazilian Musician on His First Release in Two Years
On June 10th, 2008, Concord Records and Starbucks Entertainment will
release Encanto (Enchantment), the newest record from the legendary
Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes. Encanto is the follow-up to 2006's
highly acclaimed collaboration with will.i.am called Timeless. On
Encanto, Sergio takes us even deeper into Brazil recording all the
basic tracks in Rio and Bahia, finishing up in Los Angeles. Mendes
enlists several guest musicians from all over the world including Latin
superstar Juanes from Colombia, multi-talented Carlinhos Brown and
Vanessa da Mata from Brazil, the foremost Japanese pop group, Dreams
Come True, Belgium's Zap Mama and Italian rapper Jovanotti, as well as
American stars like Fergie, Ledisi, Natalie Cole, Herb Alpert and his
wife, original Brasil '66 singer, Lani Hall.
Encanto is classic Sergio Mendes, highlighting the maestro's ear for
enticing melodies and contagious rhythms. On the new album, Mendes
recorded four seminal Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions: a hip-hop
version of "Agua De Beber" with Toninho Horta on guitar, Mendes' wife
and longtime vocalist Gracinha Leporace, and the man himself showcasing
his instrumental chops on a bewitching Rhodes piano solo; "Waters of
March," which is features 2006 GRAMMY®-Award nominee Ledisi and is
also reprised in French by Afro-European vocal ensemble Zap Mama;
"Somewhere In The Hills," with vocals by none other than Natalie Cole;
and "Dreamer," which marks the first time that former mentor Herb
Alpert joined Sergio on record.
Perhaps the boldest cover on Encanto is a new version of Burt
Bacharach's "The Look Of Love," which Mendes had originally transposed
to bossa nova heaven in 1967. This new interpretation, produced by
Black Eye Pea will.i.am, preserves the alluring melody of the original
while bringing the song into the new millennium with crisp drum
programming and a sexy rap by Fergie.
"We are delighted to team with Sergio and our partners at Concord Music
Group once again to co-release Sergio's latest creation, Encanto," says
Ken Lombard, president Starbucks Entertainment. "Sergio Mendes is one
of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time
and he showed his enduring appeal with Timeless in 2006."
"It's extremely exciting for all of us at Concord to be associated with
someone with such timeless appeal and legendary musical vision as
Sergio Mendes," says John Burk, Executive VP of A&R at Concord
"Every time I make a new record, it's a new adventure," says Mendes.
"My main motivation is to record wonderful songs. In the process, I
enjoy sharing with the world the diversity of Brazilian music--both in
terms of rhythm and melody."
Mendes, who lived in Brazil during the historic era between the late
‘50s and the early ‘60s when the samba-based bossa nova was born, was
one the first practitioners of the new genre. Mendes established his
legend by taking several albums and singles, such as "Brasil 66," "Mas
Que Nada" and his most successful hit, "The Look of Love," to the top
of the pop charts throughout the mid 1960s to the late 1970s.
Encanto will be released at Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional music retail.
Sergio Mendes will be appearing at the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall, New York
on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 8 p.m.!
Considered one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the
world, the JVC Jazz Festival New York is a two-week jazz celebration
that fills New York City's premiere concert halls, intimate clubs,
parks, schools and museums with some of the top musical talent in the
world. Started in 1972 by George Wein as the Newport Jazz Festival New
York, this festival has been sponsored by JVC since 1984 and has become
a New York institution. Over the years, New Yorkers have been treated
to a world-class event that literally covers the city with great music.
Click on the above link to read a nice interview with Sergio by
Mike Ragogna where Sergio's career is talked about and his new
double CD collection is due out this year.
Sergio Mendes concert - at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas
Photos and interview pages at the links below!
Brazilian and Jazz Music Links
A huge multi-page listing of sites on many
Brazilian musicians is found here at The
Brazilian Music Links site.
Other sites which include discussion forums and
information on A&M artists: