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Sergio Mendes

Encanto
EMI Virgin
[Three stars]

Sunil Sampat Jul 11, 2008
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This is Sergio Mendes in his newest avatar and it seems like he has reinvented himself more times than Madonna. The album is not quite jazz, not quite hip-hop and not quite the bossa nova, yet it is a nice traipse through all these genres.  The maestro has included five old chestnuts composed by the great Jobim including ”˜Dreamer’ and ”˜Somewhere in the Hills’ (a lovely vocal here by Natalie Cole), which hold the album together. The Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic ”˜The Look of Love’ has a frenetic tempo and rap lyrics by Fergie and Will.I.Am but it disappoints. The rest of the album is at a relaxed tempo with Mendes employing ingenious Brazilian percussions and vocals, nicely. Although he has succeeded in creating a contemporary sound, jazz lovers will argue that he falls a little short of the standards he has set in his jazz-samba albums with Cannonball Adderley or Herbie Mann.

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