by Michael P. Gladstone
French-Canadian bassist Michel Donato has been on the jazz scene since the 1960s, with only a handful of albums under his own name. He has the respect of the Canadian musicians for his musicianship and influence in bringing Monk, Mingus, Miles Davis, and Carmen McRae to the Montreal jazz community.
This album finds Donato leading a pianoless quintet which is comprised of his European friends--Piotr Wojtasik, a Polish trumpeter, and nomadic guitarist Michael Felberbaum--along with two Quebecois musicians ...read more
by Paul Olson
The mid-'60s Blue Note sound permeates Michel Donato et ses Amis européens, the veteran Québec bassist's new CD. True to the album's title, Donato's teamed with Polish trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik and three non-native Parisians (guitarist Michael Felberbaum, drummer Karl Jannuska and tenor saxman François Théberge). Every musician contributes at least one composition (there are three by the leader) and the result is unrevolutionary but profoundly engaging and rhythmically fascinating post-bop jazz.I have waxed enthusiastic about Jannuska's brilliant, imaginative ...read more