Playing tracks by
Joao Gilberto, Cal Tjader, Bud Shank, Elza Soares, Lionel Hampton and more.
Most Brazilian music fans start with Joao Donato by listening to his super funky seventies album Quem E Quem. But before his funky music period he already had a long career in jazz and bossa nova in Brazil and the USA. Joao Donato had been a part of the early bossa nova scene in the late fifties. Unlike other originators of the sound, he moved to America earlier and only briefly returned. His time in America saw him collaborate with Bud Shank, Cal Tjader, and Dave Pike in West Coast jazz albums with latin and cuban influences. Later he made his own Bossa records before changing to a more funkier sound. His bossa nova compositions have a pattern of layers of chords over a simple latin beat, the modern bossa nova sound. This mix contains twelve songs composed by Donato, some are collaborations while others are performed by other artists of the time period.