Joćo 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 in the bossa nova movement, he is profoundly influential, having inspired generations of players. Joćo Gilberto confessed to have taken his bossa nova beat at the violćo from Donato's piano playing. He is generally perceived as a crazy and detached genius; maybe he is a little of each.