“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…