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Crossing Borders with Sergio Mendes

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Published: 05/23/2018

by Scott Adams


Program #1356 - 'Crossing Borders: Sergio Mendes'

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Taking the cable car ride up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain will give you a great view of the bay that defines Rio de Janeiro. It’s called Guanabara and back in January 1500, Portuguese explorers thought it was the mouth of a great river – a moment out of time that gave the city its name: River of January.

A sharp eye will pick up on the eight-mile bridge that spans Guanabara Bay, connecting Rio to its sister city, Niterói, which began its life as a fortress manned by local Indians to protect Rio from would-be attackers. But Niterói’s claim to fame would come much later - several hundred years later.

Niterói was the birthplace of Sergio Mendes in 1941. The bridge came along in 1974. So, as a late 50’s teen, Mendes would traverse his way across the bay to Rio’s Zona Sul and the clubs which lined the beaches districts of Copacabana and Ipanema; adding to the energy that would ignite the world’s 50-year love affair with Bossa Nova.

Mendes found a mentor in Antonio Carlos Jobim, played Carnegie Hall’s legendary Bossa concert in ’62, and two years later moved to the U.S – first to New York, then snowy Chicago (where he met singer Lani Hall) and finally to Los Angeles, where his group Brasil ‘66 took shape – with some help from Herb Albert. This week, Leo Gandelman's Brazilian sax pays tribute.

We'll close out our introduction to this month's 'Crossing Borders' theme with some of Sergio's best songs to illustrate his tremendous international appeal by pairing him with John Legend, Seu Jorge, India.Arie, Carlinhos Brown and Al Jarreau. Walter Wanderley serves up some old school Bossa for us to enjoy in the Brazil Club Lounge this week and there's new music form Emilio Santiago, Caibedo Island and Latin Vibe.

Simply put, Sergio Mendes remains today as Brazil's best known musical personality and no matter if Rio, Tokyo, London or Chicago is where you call home, Sergio Mendes is a household name.

I hope you'll enjoy the show!

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‘Crossing Borders with Sergio Mendes'

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Timeless<>India.Arie with Sergio Mendes/Timeless

Flying To Bahia<>Caibedo Island/Caibedo Tale 

Baia<>Walter Wanderley/Next Stop Wonderland Soundtrack

Welcome to the Lounge              

Barabare<>Sergio Mendes/Brasiliero

Special Annoucnement

Better Days Ahead<>Pat Metheny/Letter From Home


Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Maracatu (Nation of Love)<>Sergio Mendes/Bom Tempo

Belem, Minha Cidade<>Bobby Brazil/Amazonica

Introduce Next Song

Un Beijo Na Boca<>Latin Vibe/Latin Vibe

Rise<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

Please Baby Don’t<>John Legend/Sergio Mendes Timeless 


Set 3Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Favo De Mel<>Milton Nascimento/Rio 2 Soundtrack                                                                                

Tell Me About It<>Natalie Cole/Ask A Woman Who Knows 

Bicycle Ride<>Paulinho Garcia/Jazzmineiro                    


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Hour 2: 

Set 1:

Fly Love<>Jamie Foxx/Rio Movie Soundtrack

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Mas Que Nada<>Sergio Mendes/Greatest Hits

Roda<>Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66/Look Around

Rainha<>Toco & Nina Miranda/Memorias 


Special Annoucnement

My Nichole<>Indigo City/Samba Electrique


Set 2:

Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Torcuato Mariano

I Can’t Help It<>Torcuato Mariao/Paradise Station

Mariana<>Torcuato Mariano/Diary

Introduce Next Song

Linha Do Equador<>Djavan/Coisa De Escender 

Rio Sway<>Brian Simpson & Maysa/Out Of A Dream 

Café Caldo<>Mazachigno/Cafe Roma 2


Set 3:

When I Fell In Love<>S. Mendes, Gracinha Leporace/Magic

Visions of You<>S. Mendes, Janelle Monae/Magic

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Next Week: More from our 'Bossa 60' series,  with two hours of our favorite tunes fromt he legendary Getz/Gilberto album. Not to be missed! More and more fans are finding out about The Sounds of Brazil, so please tell a friend or two about our new streaming station at Always live and always free.

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Happy Listening,

Scott Adams

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