Deodato in London: few tickets left!
Brazilian-born keyboardist, arranger and producer Eumir Deodato has racked up 16 platinum records and his discography, including compilations and all his work as arranger, producer and keyboardist, surpasses over 450 albums. But despite such a successful career the man known as simply ‘Deodato’ will always be best known for his brilliant adaptation of “Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey)”. Taken from his classic 1972 CTI recording Prelude the unlikely hit sold over a million copies and made Deodato one of the stars of seventies music!
Until recording Prelude for CTI, Deodato had been better known as an arranger for the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Wes Montgomery and Frank Sinatra and for his own series of classic Bossa Nova albums recorded back home in Brazil. But when CTI head Creed Taylor gave Deodato the chance to record his own album for the label the result was a series of jazz inflected covers of classical music which spawned a massive world-wide club hit with his Latin tinged take on Strauss’s classic theme!
Following the release of Prelude Deodato became a major name going on to record for CTI again, MCA, and Warner Bros before working as an arranger behind the scenes, including for Kool & the Gang during 1979-1983.
His songs have been covered by George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Sarah Vaughan and The Emotions to mention just a few and he has also worked on several movie scores, including The Onion Field, The Black Pearl, Ghostbusters II, White Nights, The Girl From Ipanema, The Adventurers (recorded with A.C. Jobim and the London Symphony Orchestra), The Gentle Rain, Target Risk, The Reporter, Beat Street, Body Rock and Bossa Nova. His recordings have also been widely used on major movies such as Being There and The Exorcist but it is 70s hits such as ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ and the club classic ‘Super Strut’ that have endured for millions and when he launches into his biggest hit you can be sure that the energy from the stage will blow any winter blues away.