1/15/08

João Donato - Quem é Quem [1973 Odeon] 320 kbps - 74 mb (Reup)


Since I have a large collection of Brasilian discs & have heard what I consider to be more then enough to make a serious evaluation of some of the most important recordings of this culture & this era, I'll step in here & place a crown on this masterful achievement of artistry & excellence. If I were to have a top 20 of all time great recordings of the 70's, this would certainly be in the top 10. This is one of the most perfect LP's that I've ever heard. João's skill on the keyboard & his songwriting reach a milestone on this spectacular session. Considering that this artist was around in the pre-Bossa days of the late 40's like Jobim, Gilberto, Alf & Vinícius de Moraes, then this set was, let's say, 22 years in the making. Some artists put in many years to develop their craft to its fullest & that mastery is achieved here in a big, big way! Bravo to João Donato for this masterpiece of not only MPB, but of international Jazz of this era.
I think this recording is that rare achievement of perfection only attained by a few people & perhaps only one time in their career. João has the most amazing phrasing that I've ever heard on any keyboard player. Melodies like gems. Perfectly formed & sparkling a light that can only come directly from a divinely loving heart. This artist is blessed with a gift & he's freed his talent to a place of unparalleled beauty. Artistry should cause us to be in awe of it's magnificence & this one does!
Please listen carefully for João's mastery of the piano & his nimble touch & impeccable phrasing. I give this my highest rating that I could bestow on a recording. That's 6 stars of a possible 5. Magnificent!


File Under: MPB/ Brasilian Jazz

P.S. Flawless Japanese issue with heavenly remastering. Also, that's João on arrangement duties & he doubles on trombone as well on this beautifully embellished work. That's talent! Very nice guitar & bass work here, so listen to the warmth on those players too & that's Nãna Caymmi lending her lovely voice to track 11 "Mentiras". A lot to love here!

Also, if pressed to make a distinction about the various recordings before & after this MASTERPIECE, I would have to say that "A Bad Donato" [1970 Muse] is not as fully realized & not recorded in Brasil like this set & "Lugar Comum" [1975 Philips] is a bit overproduced & loses pace. This is his most focused set, but his composing talents are beautifully realized on both, Bud Shank & His Brazilian Friends [1964 Pacific Jazz] & Bossa Nova Carnival [1962 New Jazz/Prestige] Dave Pike plays the music of João Donato. Both are fantastic early examples of this genius. The New Sound of Brazil [1965 RCA Victor] is also very, very worthy.

Since I love Point/Counterpoint, I find that what João's doing here vocally to be much more fleshed out in the way of highlighting his outstanding gift for counterpoint phrasing then on "A Bad Donato". Nuff said.

22 comments:

  1. Sold! I've had a few Donato albums and heard a few more and never disappointed. Never heard this one and if it rates that high on your list I figure it's a must-have. Thanks again, J!

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  2. hey there. i've added your link to my blogroll. keep up the good work. mike

    www.thisistomorrow.blogspot.com

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  3. J Thyme is no joke with this one - Top 10 indeed. I was first introduced to this by you about a year and a half ago and it, honestly, has never left my iPod/CD Player ever since.

    A truly groovin' record. Donato at his peak.

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  4. thanks thanks! another great share!

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  5. Thank you White Silk & Dutchie. Really loving something deeply should allow the greatest articulation with the greatest of ease. It's so easy to go deep with loveliness like this!

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  6. Many thanks for the comment you leaved on the blog.
    It's time to peace.
    Peace & blessings to you and all your fam.
    Sincerely

    Pier

    PS: Obrigado!

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  7. Got one of his albums on vinyl (can't remember the title but he's on the front reclining in a wooden armchair) and it's a great album. Hopefully this one will top that!

    S/

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  8. Jazzypier, Thanks for stopping by & yes, peace to you & since I'm on Earth with you too, I guess I am part of an extended family...ha, ha.

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  9. Thank you Justin...and i always appreciate the diffusion of the Brazuka sound that you made and make.

    Valeu!

    Pier

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  10. Thank u for add us on your links!

    Vc fala português? Se sim, agradeço de montão por tudo.
    Qualquer coisa, aqui o meu e-mail
    jazzypier2000@yahoo.com.br
    um abraço
    Pier

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  11. When you share something of such importance/magnitude/"classicness,"
    it raises so many questions. Like why isn't this man and company mentioned in the same breath as any titan (everyone has theirs and there are many)?

    Its sad, and I know its the same old story, but this record would have done so much for the youth, in an age of empty radio.

    And why Rolling Stone and company stays in the darkness we have J Thyme and all those fine bloggerheads who are the FRESHEST Folk out there! Bringing us back to the "source."

    You guys are like the Howard Zinns of the music world!

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  12. Gorgon Jr, Zinn? Wow! That's some company I'm in. I'm honored! Thank you.

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  13. Hi there! Thank you so much for this. I heard this version of "A Rã" on the radio the other day and I wondered if it was the 'original' one. Thank you for posting this album, it's truly amazing.

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  14. fanastic album, a friend of mine bought a copy a few years back and turned me on to its greatness. Great to see it here!

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  15. Easily one of the greatest albums of the 70s, and that's in any genre!

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  16. Simon, That's the Gods honest truth.

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  17. Haven't been here in a while and you've got lots of great stuff going on! Grabbing the other Donatos soon and will comment .I've added you to my blogroll.
    All the best,
    Simon

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  18. You have such a fantastic blog. I love the wonderful gems you uncover. Some sounds I haven't heard for decades and others unknown to me. So nice, so sweet. Thank you, thank you. John - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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  19. Wow I've been looking for this for a long time!!! Thank you so much!!

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  20. Thank you so much. I stumbled across this album on Youtube. It quickly became one of my favorite albums. Your a saint! Wish I had it on vinyl.

    Cheers,
    Bret

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