Sergio Mendes

By J Poet

 

Sergio Mendes helped popularize Brazilian music in the United States in the 60s, but he was not without his detractors. He was either a Brazilian jazz pioneer or a creator of elevator music, depending on whom you ask. The truth is he was a bit of both, a credible jazz pianist with an unerring instinct for pop music. His Best World Music Album Grammy for Brasileiro (1992 Elektra) proved he was a credible musician by blending tough percussion tracks with samba, forro, reggae and jazzy piano, while people who fancy themselves world music aficionados scorn his best selling albums... Read More

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