Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s Jazz Is Dead series gets to edition number seven with Brazilian bossa nova, funk and jazz fusion legend João Donato. The musicians achieved another dream by working with Donato who was so flattered by their collaboration he wrote “Adrian, Ali and Gregory” to honor their work together. Donato’s music comes back into the spotlight at the same time another Brazilian legend, Sergio Mendes, celebrates his six-decade career. Mendes recorded Donato’s two of most popular compositions “A Rã” and “Caranguejo.” Younge explained his reverence for the musician in a statement. “João is one of the most innovative Brazilian jazz composers of the last century. Creating with and learning from this maestro was one of the greatest experiences of my career.”
Their collective vision holds true to Donato’s legacy and brings the Brazilian jazz fusion sound to a new generation.