@the Suncoast Casino 3-16-03
Sergio Mendes & Brazil 2003
by Don Brown Sr.
The Jazz Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
Since his Brazil '66 album almost 40 years ago, Sergio Mendes has been delighting fans all over the world. A three night stand at the Suncoast showed his fans that Mendes can still cut it onstage after all these years.
Brazil 2003 took the stage and played while Sergio was introduced. "Pretty World" got the show underway. "Holografico" featured a fine guitar solo and a spot for the percussionists to play with the drummer for a drum trio. The classic "Girl From Ipanema" kept the show moving and a packed house happy. "One Note Samba" kept the Brazilian rhythms flowing from the stage. A trio of songs followed that flowed from one to the other leading into the percussion solo. The two percussionists played many different instruments, much to the enjoyment of the audience and themselves. The most interesting of these were a bow-like instrument called a berimbao.
"The Look Of Love/Fool On The Hill" medley took the crowd back to their youth. "Mas Que Nada" and Tristeza" ended a wonderful performance. Mendes and his nine piece band returned for an encore. The song "Indiado" capped off a packed weekend at the Suncoast.
Sergio Mendes Brasil 2004 will return to Las Vegas on March 5th-7th at The Suncoast. For info, call 702.636.7075
Photo by Carol Michaud copyright © 2003-2006 Brown Ink
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