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One of the best things to happen to Brazilian and jazz music: The João Donato Trio, as seen here in 2000:
(left to right) Claudio Slon (drummer), João Donato (piano and composer), Luiz Alvez (bassist).



João Donato - EMI and EMI-Odeon


 

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[EMI-Odeon Japanese CD Reissue]

João Donato, "Quem É Quem", EMI-Odeon [Japan] #TOCP-50638 (19__).[CD Reissue]

Originally recorded in 1968.  Other releases of this album are listed and pictured at their respective labels.

 Tracklist:

Chorou, Chorou
Terremotto
Amazonas
Fim de Sonho
A Rã
Ahiê
Cala a Boca, Menino
Nãna das Águas
Me Deixa
Até Quem Sabe
Mentiras
Cadê Jodel?

All songs are sung by Donato, chorus, or both.

Personnel: João Donato (piano & vocals); Hélio Delmiro (guitar); Lula Nascimento (drums); Nana Caymmi (vocals on "Mentiras"), Novelli & Naná (vocals on "Cala Boca Menino").  Additional personnel info provided by Ithamara Koorax reports that the bassist on this album is Bebeto.

Note: This list of musicians is incomplete. The LP insert has photos of some of the above musicians with their names, but the other musicians--background vocals, horns, etc. are not credited anywhere.

Produced by Milton Miranda; Production Assistant Marcos Valle.

Arrangements by Gaya, Ian Guest, Laércio de Freitas, Dory Caymmi & João Donato.



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Milton Banana Trio, "Balançando - Volume 2", EMI/Odeon #_______ (19__).[CD Reissue]

This compilation features the Donato composition "Amazonas" (Keep Talking).



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[Original LP]


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[2009 EMI CD Reissue]

Alaide Costa, "Coraçao", EMI #EMCB 7016 (1976).[Original LP]
Alaide Costa, "Coracao", EMI ODEON [Uruguay] SURL #21.754 (1977).[LP Reissue]
Alaide Costa, "Coração", EMI #_______  (2009).[CD Reissue]

The following excerpt of comments is from Arnaldo DeSouteiro's "Jazz Station" Blog: 

"The second best Alaide Costa album, after her masterpiece with Oscar Castro-Neves in 1973.
Recorded in 1976 for the Odeon label, "Coração" is being released for the first time on CD by EMI, with excellent remastering by Luigi Hoffer and the original Cafi cover art reproduced on the booklet.
It's a very dense and eloquent project, produced by Milton Nascimento and arranged & conducted by João Donato, who worked at his own very slow pace and drove Alaide crazy by taking six months to complete the magnificent (and opulent) orchestrations, using strings, woodwinds & brass sections, and harp. The result is superb!
Donato & Nascimento assembled a top-class rhythm section, including Milton's frequent associates Novelli (bass), Robertinho Silva (drums), Nelson Angelo (acoustic & electric guitars), Toninho Horta (electric guitar) plus a large symphony orchestra, with backing vocals by Novelli, Angelo, Donato, Beto Guedes and Fernando Leporace, the latter having written the song "O Que Se Sabe de Cor," which closes the disc. Other musicians involved also contributed with original songs to the program."


Tracklist:

Pai Grande (Milton Nascimento)
O Samba Que Eu Lhe Fiz (Sueli Costa)
Coraçao (Nelson Angelo/Ronaldo Bastos)
Catavento (Milton Nascimento)
Quem Sou Eu? (Johnny Alf)
Sonho e Fantasia (Joao Donato/Lysias Enio)
Corpos (Ivan Lins/Vitor Martins)
Pe Sem Cabeça (Danilo Caymmi/Ana Borba)
Tomara (Novelli/Mauricio Tapajos/Paulo Pinheiro)
Viver de Amor (Toninho Horta/Ronaldo Bastos)
Tempo Calado (Alaide Costa/Paulo Ventura)
O Que Se Sabe de Cor (Fernando Leporace)

All tracks Arranged & Conducted by João Donato.

Personnel: Alaide Costa (vocal), João Donato (piano & organ), Novelli (bass), Robertinho Silva (drums), Nelson Angelo (acoustic & electric guitars), Toninho Horta (electric guitar), Ivan Lins (piano on Corpos), Joao Donato, Beto Guedes, Novelli, Nelson Angelo & Fernando Leporace (backing vocals).

Produced by Mariozinho Rocha & Milton Nascimento

Artistic Director: Milton Miranda.



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Milton Nascimento, "Clube Da Esquina 2", EMI-Odeon [Brazil] #______ (1978).[Original LP]
Milton Nascimento, "Clube Da Esquina 2", Blue Note #757894 (2004).[CD Reissue]

This album has Donato on trombone and piano.



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Nana Caymmi, "Nana Caymmi", EMI #31 C 422845D (1979).[LP]

Donato plays piano in all tracks except Clube da Esquina 2, No Analices, Contrato de Separacao e Denuncia Vazia.

Donato composition included is "Depois de Natal".

Tracklist:

Lado (Side) A
Lado (Side) B

Sem Fim

Palavras

Depois de Natal

Nossa danca

Clube da Esquina 2

Contrato de Separacao

No Analices

Patrulhando (Masmorra)

Amargura

Formicida, Corda e Flor (O Ultimo Bolero)

Pra Nao Chorar

Denunzia Vazia

LINER NOTES (IN PORTUGUESE):

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Nana-liner-2.JPG - Page of photos from the recording session.


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Nana Caymmi "...e a gente nem deu nome", EMI-Odeon #064 422896 (1981).[LP]

Donato compositions in this album are "Cafe Com Pão" and "Brisa Do Mar".  Donato plays electric piano on "Cafe Com Pão", "Mas Quem Disse Que Eu Te Esqueca", "Inda la", "Nem Uma Lagrima", "Brisa Do Mar", "Rastro De Perfume", "Primera Estrela e Bons Amigos".

Donato plays trombone & organ in "Brisa Do Mar" and was the arranger for "Cafe Com Pão" and "Brisa Do Mar".


Raul de Souza, "Sweet Lucy", EMI 793174-2 (19__).[CD Reissue]

Includes a funk-jazz version of Donato's Banana Tree (aka Bananeira, aka Villa Grazia).

Personnel: Raul de Souza (tenor-bass trombone, percussion & arranger), Patrice Rushen (keyboards), Byron Miller (bass), Leon Ndugu Chancler (drums), Al McKay (guitar), Deborah Thomas, Lynn Davis, Victoria Miles & Sybil Thomas (vocals).

Produced by George Duke.


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Nana Caymmi, "Resposta ao tempo", EMI #4964622 (1998).[CD]

In this album Nana sings with Emilio Santiago, Doralinda (João Donato, music and Cazuza, lyrics).  The song has as incidental music two more songs, "Cafe com Pao" (João Donato, music, and Lysias Enio, lyrics) and "Dora" (Dorival Caymmi).



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Various Artists, "Cafe Apres-Midi: Ecru", EMI #TOCP-65463 (2000).[CD Compilation]

Features Donato performing "Chorou, Chorou".
Also features Bossa Tres performing Donato's "Silk Stop".


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João Donato, "BIS Bossa Nova Collection", EMI [Brazil] #530940-2 (2001).[CD Compilation, 2 CD set]

Tracklist:

CD 1
CD2

Chorou Chorou

Cala Boca Menino

Bananeira

Flor de Maracuja

Terremoto

Ahie

Lugar Comum

Daquele Amor Nem Me Fale

Amazonas

Nana das Aguas

Nasci Para Bailar

E Menina/Emorio (medley)

Fim de Sonho

Me Deixa

Cafe Com Pao

Ate Quem Sabe

A Ra

Gaiolas Abertas

Doralinda

Fonte de Saudade

Comigo E Assim

Mentiras

No Rancho Fundo

Cade Jodel?

Se Acaso Voce Chegasse

Peguei Um Ita No Norte

Carinhoso

Baiao



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