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NEWS 05 Jun 2008

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The Legendary Sergio Mendes Delves Deep Into The Sounds Of Brazil With The June 10th Release of ENCANTO (“Enchantment”)

A Quintessential Summer Album, Encanto Finds Mendes Embracing His Brazilian Roots, While Collaborating With Special Guest Musicians From Across The World Including: Carlinhos Brown, Juanes, Natalie Cole, Herb Alpert, Lani Hall, will.i.am, Fergie, Siedah Garret, Ledisi & More.

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[Sergio Mendes] incarnates Brazilian music for millions... Encanto has a much more Brazilian and mellow, melodic feel than its heavily hip-hop predecessor... judging by the mostly young and exuberant crowd that danced across the front and down the aisles for Mendes' set [at the JVC Jazz Festival in Miami], the pianist and musician deserves the title... Not many sixties stars can attract that many 20-something Brazilians, African-Americans, Cubans, Anglos and who knows what other ethnicities and get them hip-shaking and screaming" -- Miami Herald

"It's easy to be cynical about the now-common practice of pairing veteran artists with a variety of young movers and shakers. But as proven on Sergio Mendes' 2006 Timeless, the concept can generate magic. [Encanto] finds the Brazilian legend teamed with another lineup of superb guests, and the results are just as transcendent...Encanto sparkles with samba rhythms spiced with hip-hop grooves and shimmery pop melodies. High points include a sinewy rendition of "The Look of Love" (sung by Fergie) that puts rap teeth into the Burt Bacharach classic; "Odo-Ya," a propulsive world-music romp fueled by Mendes' brittle Rhodes piano rhythms and some thrilling vocal harmonies; and "Somewhere in the Hills," a slice of glycerin-smooth jazz that features Natalie Cole in fine form. Best of all, however, is a cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dreamer." Featuring Herb Alpert's distinctive trumpet and his wife Lani Hall's ultra-sexy croon, the track is a bossa nova beauty". --Performing Songwriter

"Sergio Mendes helped introduce bossa nova to the U.S.... 2006's Timeless, revamped the genre.... His new album, Encanto, is another collaboration with will.i.am, but it has a more traditional feel... It's clear that Mendes wanted to get back to his roots..."Funky Bahia" neatly combines funk and tropical sounds from the coastal state, particularly the heavy percussion and smooth chanting chorus... Encanto's mix of hip-hop, tropical grooves, & classic remakes should keep Mendes' fans, old and new, happy all summer." -- Washington City Paper

"4 ½ Stars... Once again teaming-up with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Sergio Mendes follows up the successful formula of 2006's Timeless with an album that features one terrific international artist after another." --About.com (About Latin Music)

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. 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, 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.

In conjunction with the upcoming release of Encanto, Sergio Mendes will be returning to U.S. stages, perfectly timed to bring his samba-based bossa nova sound to summer concert audiences. You can catch Sergio Mendes in concert at these dates:

Upcoming Sergio Mendes Concert Dates

Date City Venue
Fri, Jun 20 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Sat, Jun 21 New York, NY JVC Jazz Festival - Carnegie Hall
Sun, Jun 22 Bridgeport, CA The Klein Memorial Auditorium
Mon, Jun 23 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Wed, Jun 25 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre
Fri, Jun 27 Syracuse, NY Syracuse Jazz Festival
Sat, Jun 28 Toronto, ON Music Hall
Tue, Jul 01 Vienna, VA The Filene Center

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