A less-celebrated contemporary of Jobim and Gilberto, pianist/composer Joao Donato has enjoyed a more diverse career than his fellow bossa nova pioneers. As a versatile, accomplished pianist also at home in extroverted Cuban rhythms Donato has recorded and played with Mongo Santamaria, Bud Shank, Cal Tjader, and Michael Franks as well as with many of the major Brazilian singers.
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
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.