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 - Blue Thumb


[Above: original LP scans, front and back]


[Above: additional photos from inside "A Bad Donato" gatefold LP]

João Donato, "A Bad Donato", Blue Thumb #BTS 8821 (1970).[LP]

Recorded live in the USA in 1970.  Special guests: Eumir Deodato, Stan Kenton, Bud Shank, Oscar Castro Neves, Dom Um Romao and Paulinho Magalhaes.


The Frog
Celestial Showers
Lunar Tune
Cadê Jodel?
Debutante's Ball
Straight Jacket

Personnel: Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli, Jimmy Zito (tp); Jimmy Cleveland, Ken Shroyer (tb); Bud Shank (f); Ernie Watts, Jack Nimitz, Bill Hood, Don Menza (saxes);João Donato (p,org); Warren Klein (el-g); Oscar Neves (g); Chuck Domanico (b); Mark Stevens, Paulinho Magalhaes, Dom Um Romao (d); Joe Porcaro, Emil Richards (perc).

Arrangements by Donato and Eumir Deodato.

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Bossa Rio, "Live in Japan", Blue Thumb #SR 410 (1970).[LP]


Spinning Wheel (D.C. Thomas)
Irene (C. Veloso)
Come and Get It (P. McCartney)
Canto de Ossanha (B. Powell / V. de Moares)
Juliana (A. Adolfo / T. Gaspar)
Eleanor Rigby (J. Lennon/ P. McCartney)
Blackbird (J. Lennon/ P. McCartney)
Que Pena (Jorge Ben)
Girl Talk (N. Hefti / B. Troup)
Quem Diz Que Sabe (J. Donato / P.S. Valle/ D. Beatriz)
Far Away (O. Bailly/ L. Hall)

Personnel: Joao Donato (acoustic piano), Manfredo Fest (Hammond organ), Octavio Bailly (bass), Ronnie Mesquita (drums), Pery Ribeiro (vocal & flute) and Gracinha Leporace (vocal).

Produced by Sergio Mendes.

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