February 20, 2006 12:00 PM

Timeless
BRAZILIAN

For his first album in 10 years, Brazilian music maestro Sergio Mendes teams up with the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, and the two prove to have enough chemistry to make Fergie more than a little jealous. In addition to producing the CD, will raps on about half of the cuts, which smoothly blend bossa nova and samba with hip-hop and R&B. Guests like Jill Scott, John Legend and Justin Timberlake help make fresh takes on Mendes hits and other Brazilian standards, as well as new tunes like the radiant title song, where India. Arie reminds us that “kindness is timeless.” So, it seems, is Mendes.

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