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Album Review

From the cover it appears this is one of those albums to be filed under "for dancers only," but Chá Dançante is a delightful collection of breezy instrumentals. And as one of the earliest albums recorded by influential and talented Brazilian pianist João Donato, it has quite a pedigree as well. With leads coming from clarinet most often, it's not an album for Brazilian fans only. Donato's piano obviously plays a large role, as does accordion (which often doubles the lead instrument) and percussion. The instrumentation rarely rises above ten voices, making it a full-fledged small-group date. As befits a Latin dance LP from the '50s, Esquivel is the closest comparison, especially on "Baiao."


Born: 17 August 1934 in Rio Branco, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

João Donato started his recording career at 15, already a challenging task in an association with a great master, Altamiro Carrilho. He also recorded with Bud Schank, Ron Carter, Airto Moreira, Elmir Deodato, Randy Brecker, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Astrud Gilberto, Cal Tjader, and several others, along with many important Brazilian musicians, including Johnny Alf and Tom Jobim. His solo career is registered with 29 albums recorded since 1953. A major figure as a musician and arranger...
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