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Love the Donkey

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Released  November 22, 2005
Artist  Cyro Baptista
Label  Tzadik Records
Length  51:47
Release date  22 November 2005
Genre  World music
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Recorded  2005 at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ
Producer  Cyro Baptista & Jamie Saft
Love the Donkey (2005)  Banquet of the Spirits (2008)
Similar  Beat the Donkey, Vira Loucos, Banquet of the Spirits, The Dreamers

Love the Donkey is an album by percussionist Cyro Baptista's percussion and dance ensemble Beat the Donkey, which was released on the Tzadik label in 2005. The album was privately released as Beat the Donkey Beat in 2004.



Thom Jurek of Allmusic said "With Love the Donkey, Baptista has done what was seemingly impossible. As urban musicians strive to learn more about roots music to incorporate into their sound, he has done the reverse: found the music of the city, of the modern, and of the postmodern, and made it serve folk music. In this wild and woolly party, where almost anything goes, the ancient is tied inseparably to the present, and creates a new and joyous future". On All About Jazz Sean Patrick Fitzell observed "A panoply of percussion erupts from Love the Donkey as Cyro Baptista and his merry troupe of percussionists and special guests unleash fourteen tracks of manic energy and irrepressible fun. It serves as an effective antidote to overly cerebral and self-consciously serious music... Baptista's music for his Beat the Donkey ensemble works because it's done honestly and with contagious enthusiasm. Love the Donkey testifies that humor does indeed belong in music".

Track listing

All compositions by Cyro Baptista except as indicated

  1. "American Constitution" - 2:54
  2. "Anarriê" - 3:23
  3. "Rio de Jamaica" (Peter Apfelbaum, Cyro Baptista) - 5:44
  4. "Forró for All" - 4:54
  5. "Tap on the Cajon" - 3:12
  6. "Frevo de Rua" - 2:19
  7. "Bottles" - 3:19
  8. "Caboclinho" (Naná Vasconcelos) - 1:41
  9. "Matan" (Baptista, Amir Ziv) - 3:26
  10. "Immigrant Song" (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 3:11
  11. "Maria Teresa" (Viva DeConcini, Chikako Iwahori) - 6:07
  12. "Olivia - Step on the Roach" (Trey Anastasio, Peter Apfelbaum) - 4:39
  13. "Movie Screen" - 2:33
  14. "Pandeirada" - 4:25
  15. "Beat the Donkey" [video] - 3:05


  • Cyro Baptista - percussion, vocals
  • Jamie Saft - keyboards, guitar, bass (tracks 2, 3, 6 & 9-11)
  • Peter Apfelbaum - keyboards, saxophone (tracks 3, 4, 7 & 12)
  • Robert Curto - accordion (tracks 4, 10 & 11)
  • Viva de Concini - guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Amir Ziv - percussion, drums, vocals
  • Chikako Iwahori, Max Pollak, Scott Kettner, Tim Keiper, Ze Mauricio - percussion, vocals
  • Art Baron - trombone (tracks 3 & 12)
  • Chuck MacKinnon - trumpet (tracks 3 & 12)
  • Songs

    1American Constitution2:55
    3Rio De Jamaica5:44


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