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Eumir Deodato (full name Eumir Deodato de Almeida, 22 June 1943, Rio de Janeiromarker) is a Grammy Award winning Brazilianmarker musician, record producer and arranger, primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for eclectic melding of big band and combo jazz with varied elements of rock/pop, R&B/funk, Brazilian/Latin, and symphonic or orchestral music.

Mainly, his records can be categorized as pop/jazz or crossover jazz. His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. Since then, he has produced or arranged music in more than 500 albums for acts ranging from Kool and the Gang to Björk, Christophe and k.d. lang. His daughter, Kennya Deodato, is married to Americanmarker actor Stephen Baldwin.

Biography

Brazil

Deodato was born of Italian and Portuguese parents. He is a musical autodidact, starting with the accordion at age 12 but rapidly learning instrumental and orchestral skills that culminated in his first recording session at age 17. Originally working as pianist and arranger in the Rio bossa nova scene, he rapidly outgrew this and, along with many other Brazilian musicians during the military dictatorship in their country, moved to New Yorkmarker, working with composer Luiz Bonfá and later with producer Creed Taylor as an arranger. Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists.

Recording career

His first album in the U.S.marker, Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. His funky version of Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went to No. 2 in the pop charts in the US, No. 3 in Canada, and No. 7 in the UK. It was subsequently used to great effect in the 1979 film Being There, starring Peter Sellers and Shirley Maclaine. It has also been covered extensively by the rock band Phish in their live performances and included in several of their live releases.

His second album, Deodato 2, despite being of the same style and quality, however failed to meet sales expectations, and practically led to the demise of the record label CTI (Creed Taylor Inc.). "Rhapsody In Blue" reached #48 in Canada in 1973.His early career records used guitarist John Tropea and quintessential jazz fusion flautist Hubert Laws.Deodato continued recording until the late 1980s on the Warner Bros label, but never reached the level of his early successes, although two singles, "SOS, Fire In The Sky" and "Are You For Real", were Top 20 Billboard Dance hits in 1985.

Producer and arranger

Deodato has been in demand as a producer and arranger since the 1960s. In all, he has worked on more than 500 albums, fifteen of which have reached platinum. His skills as an arranger provided entree to the American recording industry, writing charts for Wes Montgomery, compatriot chanteuse Astrud Gilberto, and most notably Frank Sinatra, the results of which were released as the bossa nova side of Sinatra's 1971 LP, Sinatra & Company. Other collaborations have included production duties for Kool and the Gang in the early 1980s, the first solo album by Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners in 1988 and orchestrations for Björk on her 1997 album Homogenic. Deodato had previously worked on Björk's song "Isobel", making a mix which was later released on her album Telegram, produced by Björk, Nellee Hooper, Tricky, Howie B. and Deodato himself.In 2007 Deodato co-produced the single called "Paris, Tokyo" which is on the album Lupe Fiasco's The Cool.He has also written scores for a number of films.

He also recorded a live album in Rio in 2007 called Eumir Deodato Trio – ao vivo no Rio (Eumir Deodato Trio, Live in Rio).

Discography

Albums

  • 1964: Inútil Paisagem
  • 1972: Percepção
  • 1973: Prelude
  • 1973: Deodato 2
  • 1973: Deodato/Donato With João Donato:
  • 1974: Whirlwinds
  • 1974: Deodato/Airto in Concert
  • 1974: Artistry
  • 1975: First Cuckoo
  • 1976: Very Together
  • 1977: 2001
  • 1978: Love Island
  • 1979: Knights of Fantasy
  • 1980: Night Cruiser
  • 1982: Happy Hour
  • 1985: Motion
  • 1989: Somewhere Out There
  • 1999: Rio Strut
  • 2000: Bossa Nova Soundtrack
  • 2002: Summer Samba
  • 2007: Eumir Deodato Trio – ao vivo no Rio Eumir Deodato Trio, Live in Rio:


Singles

  • "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" / "Spirit of Summer" - UK Number 7
  • "Rhapsody In Blue" / "Super Strut"
  • "Do It Again" (live) / "Branches" (live) (B-Side is by Airto)
  • "Moonlight Serenade" / "Havana Strut"
  • "Theme from Peter Gunn" / "Amani"
  • "Watusi Strut" / "Watusi Strut" (disco version)
  • "Uncle Funk" / "Whistle Stop"
  • "Fire in the Sky" / "East Side Strut" (1984)


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