Hot on the success of his #1 million-selling album "Prelude," Deodato recorded a second album, DEODATO 2, which exhibited all the characteristics of his previous effort - cool treatments of classical themes blending with power-driven jazz-rock tunes. But the care and precision that marked this follow-up album resulted in music that was in many ways more tight and exciting. Adding his own mark to Deodato's keyboard playing and arrangements on "Rhapsody In Blue," "Night In White Satin," and the wonderfully stimulating "Super Strut," was John Tropea's uniquely expressive guitar, also a major feature in the first album.
Robinsongs brings you perhaps the definitive round up of cool tracks to be released by CTI Records and affiliated label Kudu on a Double CD.
An interesting and beautiful album from Deodato, very different from his funkier work from the same period. It´s extremely short – only 24 minutes – but its a very engaging listen, even as it can make good 'background' music for chilling out with a good book (as I found out recently), which can't be said of his very lively funk interpretations of pieces like 'Also Sprach Zarathurstra'. It's dominated by lush orchestrations, most of the pieces being rather slow and often melancholic, with a few upbeat numbers ("A grande caçada", The Great Hunt, and "Bebê", written by Hermeto Pascoal). This might be one of his lesser-known albums but I think it is some of his best work.
Recorded at CBS Studios in Rio de Janeiro back in 1964, when Eumir Deodato was only 22 years old, this session always had a special meaning in his heart. Now available on mid-price CD for the first time, digitally re-mastered and appropriately re-titled ‘Lounge 64’, it was Deodato's first session with strings. If recording date information is to be believed, he recorded 6 other albums that year - all classics of the Brazilian jazz/pop bossa nova era. The Astrud Gilberto version of the Jobim/ de Moraes song “Girl From Ipanema” was a huge world-wide hit in the summer of ’64. On this album Deodato presents twelve ‘2-song medleys’ - all soft latin-jazz versions of well-known standards.
It is another fine Deodato album but may not have the funk and rhythms of Prelude, Deodato2, First Cuckoo, and some of the others. However it is worth mentioning that this album is almost impossible to find but for those who really want it can get "Skyscrapers" because it is exactly the same record.