As summer slowly approaches, I'm dreaming of sipping caipirinhas on a white-sand beach while listening to bossa nova. And who better to start building a warm weather soundtrack with than Sergio Mendes? The Rio de Janeiro native has been churning out the musical equivalent of sunshine since the late 1950's. And as one of the forefathers of bossa nova, the legendary pianist-arranger still has the touch.
His upcoming album, Bom Tempo (out June 1; Concord Records) features songs written by his compatriots Antonio Carlos Jobin, Gilberto Gil, Joao Donato, Carlinhos Brown and Jorge Benjor, among others, and vocals by the likes of baritone singer Seu Jorge. According to Mendes, the CD is "all about the good times," something we can all use a little bit more of.
And since this summer we'll all be sweating with World Cup fever, expect to hear a new spin of Brown's Ye-Me-Le, which pays tribute to the beautiful game's Cape Town setting this year with Zulu lyrics. The record even includes a rap-infused version of Donato’s "Emorio," which also forms part of EA Sports' "2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa" soundtrack.
But I'm most excited by Sergio Remixed, a simultaneous release that has well known DJs—names like Bimbo Jones, Paul Oakenfold, Dirty Vegas, Moto Blanco and Roger Sanchez—tinkering with the Carioca’s hits.
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