Muito à Vontade was introduced in early 1964 by João Donato de Oliveira Neto on the album of the same name, featuring himself on piano, Tião Neto on bass, Milton Banana on drums and percussionist Amaury Rodriquez. Like most of the songs on that album, Muito à Vontade was composed in the studio during the recording session which took only two days in late 1963.
Muito à Vontade was recorded after Donato’s return to Brazil from a four year stint in the US where he played with Cal Tjader and Mongo Santamaria. It was only his second solo album after Chá Dançante in 1956, a rather surprising fact given Donato’s reputation as an accomplished musician and arranger throughout the fifties. However, Muito à Vontade and the ensuing A Bossa Muito Moderna paved Donato’s way for his international career and works with Bud Shank, Nelson Riddle and Claus Ogerman.
The song Muito à Vontade was recorded about nine times until 1972. Eumir Deodato picked it up first, together with his Catedráticos on the album Impulso! followed by trombonist Raul de Souza who recorded an exquisite rendition in 1965 with Sambalanço Trio on his debut album À Vontade Mesmo.
Originally an instrumental piece, João Mello later provided some lyrics. Dóris Monteiro recorded the only vocal version of Muito à Vontade at the time on one of her finest albums, Simplesmente.
Selected recordings of Muito à Vontade:
1. João Donato from the album Muito à Vontade (1964, Polydor LPNG 4085)
2. Os Catedráticos from the album Impulso! (1964, Equipe EQ 802)
3. Raul de Souza & Sambalanço Trio from the album À Vontade Mesmo (1965, RCA Victor BBL 1307)
4. Dóris Monteiro from the album Simplesmente (1966, Odeon MOFB 3468)
5. Jongo Trio e Companhia from the album Jongo (1970, EBRAU EBLP 231170)
Selected medley including Muito à Vontade:
1. Luiz Carlos Vinhas from the album Luiz Carlos Vinhas no Flag (1970, Odeon MOFB 3630)
Selected versions of Muito à Vontade originally not issued in Brazil:
1. Sérgio Mendes Trio from the album Brasil ’65 – Wanda de Sah featuring The Sérgio Mendes Trio (1965, Capitol [USA] ST 2294)
2. Sadao Waranabe from the album Sadao Meets Brazilian Friends (1968, Takt [Japan] XMS-10003-CT)
3. Trio Camara from the album Trio Camara (1970, Éditions Saravah [France] SH 126 109)