Amazonas by Craig Jolley
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Amazonas suggests itself as a career summary with some of Donato's best tunes presented in the back-to-basics context of a piano trio. The emphasis here is on beauty and celebration, affectionately and knowledgeably delivered. The improvisations are not overly evolved, but there is a sense of variety in tempo, rhythm (especially in some of the left-hand syncopations), and feel. There is a short bass solo on "Coffee com Pao," but Helder and Slon concentrate on quiet accompanying. This CD offers some lovely music.
Track Listing: Sambolero / Amazonas / Glass Beads / Aquarius / Alegria Pra Cantar / Mentiras / Sugar Cane Breeze / Coisas Distantes / A Ra / Like Nanai / Everyday / Brisa do Mar / Tardes de Verao / Os Caminhos / Fim de Sonho / O Fundo / Caf
Personnel: Joao Donato - piano, composer; Jorge Helder - bass; Claudio Slon - drums.
Record Label: Elephant Records
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