31 May 2006
JOAO DONATO - QUEM E QUEM
A totally sublime listening experience and one of the great Brazilian LPs of the 70s
Donato recorded this on return to Brazil in 1968 (although it wasn't released until 1973) after over a decade of working in the USA with such luminaries as Mongo Santamaria (see previous post "Mighty Mongo") Cal Tjader,Bud Shank and Astrud Gilberto.For Quem e Quem he switched back to a sound dominated by his Fender Rhodes but now featuring his inimitable rasping yet gentle vocals.This was his first try at singing since being fired from a band in the 50s for "being too bad a crooner"- yet they are a major part of the charm of this wonderful music.The tracks move from the super funky and heavily compiled / sampled Cala Boca Menino to the beautiful drifting Me Deixa to the gorgeous bossa sound of Ahie.Every track is a winner on this one and I can't recommend it highly enough -Fantastic beautiful music!
João Donato (Piano), João Donato (Arranger), João Donato (Conductor), João Donato (Vocals),Nana Caymmi (Vocals), Dori Caymmi (Arranger), Dori Caymmi (Conductor), Helio Delmiro (Guitar (Electric) Novelli (Vocal Effect), Marcos Valle (Assistant Producer), Milton Miranda (Producer), Bebeto (Bass (Electric) Naná Vasconcellos (Percussion), Naná Vasconcellos (Vocal Effect), Lula Nascimento (Drums)
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