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February 11, 2012

joao donato – quem e quem (odeon lp 1973) album

Quem e Quem” loosely means who is who – something I can give a provisional answer to. Who is Brazilian composer/arranger/pianist Joao Donato on his first album as a singer. The second Who would be me – I finally tracked down a copy of this record some 10+ years after hearing it first.

The album features 12 songs in a little over half an hour that form a coherent whole made up out of very different songs. Donato, backed by a grooving yet unobtrusive trio and featuring the mighty Marcos Valle as a producer, reaches for the stars on “Quem e quem”. The result is a record that no home should be without: driven by Donato’s sincere voice and fender Rhodes piano, this is Brazilian MBP at it’s finest. Desfrutar!

edited to correct my wobbly grasp of Portugese grammar…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Fabricio Albuquerque permalink
    February 13, 2012 3:14 am

    Sorry, but you’ve missed the crucial accent on “e”: “Quem é quem” = “Who’s who”.
    Thanks for posting, cheers from Brazil! Fabricio

  2. Fabricio Albuquerque permalink
    February 13, 2012 3:50 am

    Sorry once more, I wasn’t entirely clear, so I’ve noticed!
    “Quem é quem” is “Who is who”, not “Who is from whom”, as I might have suggested (no genitive here!).
    Abraço, Fabricio

  3. Fabricio Albuquerque permalink
    February 13, 2012 3:55 am

    “Who is who”, not “Who is OF whom”, I meant 😉
    Blame it on the Carnival, that’s already going on: every year it stars one day earlier, as we say! By 2300, we will live in permanent bliss! Global warming allowing, that is…

    • February 13, 2012 8:38 am

      Hi Fabricio,

      Thanks for your replies – of course Portugese is not my native language, so any help is welcome 🙂

  4. March 15, 2012 1:34 am

    muito obrigado!
    (don’t even think about it, Fabricio)

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