Eumir Deodato

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Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang.

Brazil

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 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 York, working with composer Luis Bonfa 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 USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. His funky version of Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went No. 2 in the pop charts in the US and No. 7 in the UK.

His second album Deodato 2 however, despite being of the same style and quality, failed to meet sales expectations, and practically lead to the demise of the record label, Creed Taylor Inc. (CTI). He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes.

Producer

Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). In all, he has produced 500 albums, 15 of which have reached platinum, in addition to scoring a number of films.

Discography

  • Inútil Paisagem (1964)
  • Percepção (1972)
  • Prelude (1973)
  • Deodato 2 (1973)
  • Whirlwinds (1974)
  • Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974)
  • Artistry (1974)
  • First Cuckoo (1975)
  • Very Together (1976)
  • Love Island (1978)
  • Knights of Fantasy (1979)
  • Night Cruiser (1980)
  • Happy Hour (1982)
  • Motion (1985)
  • Somewhere Out There (1989)

Sources

  • Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text

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In all, he has produced 500 albums, 15 of which have reached platinum, in addition to scoring a number of films. Recording sessions for Fagen's third solo album began in August, 2004. Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). The duo have kept Steely Dan going strong in its new formation and have since delighted their legion of fans with two more Steely Dan albums, the Grammy Award winning Two Against Nature (2000) and Everything Must Go (2003), as well as the live CD Alive In America and a live concert DVD. He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes. The following year Fagen co-produced Becker's solo debut, 11 Tracks of Whack. (CTI). This led to their reunion as a writing team and the creation of a new touring version of Steely Dan.

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His first USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. After releasing their third LP in 1974 the other members gradually left the band and it evolved into a studio project headed by Becker and Fagen, who from that point on recorded their albums with the cream of America's jazz and rock session musicians. They scored their biggest success in 1977 with the platinum-selling album Aja. Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists. They comprised the core of the band and co-wrote all the group's music; on tour and record, Becker played bass and Fagen played keyboards, as well as performing almost all of the lead vocals on their recordings. 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 York, working with composer Luis Bonfa and later with producer Creed Taylor as an arranger. He and Walter Becker founded the group in 1971. 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. Donald Fagen (born January 10, 1948 in Passaic, New Jersey) is an American musician and songwriter who is best known as one half of the jazz rock duo Steely Dan.

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Italian and Portuguese parents. Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang. His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer.

Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text. Somewhere Out There (1989). Motion (1985). Happy Hour (1982).

Night Cruiser (1980). Knights of Fantasy (1979). Love Island (1978). Very Together (1976).

First Cuckoo (1975). Artistry (1974). Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974). Whirlwinds (1974).

Deodato 2 (1973). Prelude (1973). Percepção (1972). Inútil Paisagem (1964).

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