Eumir Deodato in Venice c. 1970
|Birth name||Eumir Deodato de Almeida|
|Also known as||Deodato|
|Born||22 June 1942|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Genres||Pop, rock, R&B, Brazilian jazz, Latin|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger, record producer|
|Labels||CTI, MCA, Warner Bros.|
|Associated acts||Kool & the Gang, John Tropea, Hubert Laws|
Eumir Deodato de Almeida (Brazilian Portuguese: [ẽʊ̃ˈmiχ djoˈdatu]; born 22 June 1942) is a Brazilian pianist, composer, arranger, and record producer, primarily in jazz but who has been known for his eclectic melding of genres, such as pop, rock, disco, rhythm and blues, classical, Latin and bossa nova.
Deodato has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)". His 500+ works as a producer and arranger includes Kool & the Gang's hits "Celebration", "Ladies' Night", and "Too Hot".
Deodato began his musical life on accordion when he was twelve years old, then piano two years later. He studied orchestration, conducting, and arranging. He played bossa nova in bands with Durval Ferreira and Roberto Menescal, then formed his own band with Menescal in 1962.
Deodato often plays the Fender Rhodes electric piano. His success as a keyboard player occurred mainly in the 1970s. Since then, he has produced and arranged music on more than 500 albums for such artists as Kool and the Gang, Con Funk Shun, Björk, Christophe, and k.d. lang. Guitarist John Tropea and flautist Hubert Laws appeared on his early albums.
Prelude, his first album in the U.S., was released in 1973. It was in a Latin big-band style that attracted a large audience and was produced by Creed Taylor for his label, CTI Records. The album sold five million copies and earned Deodato the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the track Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001), as well as a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. The song went to No. 2 on the pop chart in the U.S., No. 3 in Canada, and No. 7 in the U.K., and was CTI's biggest-selling single. The album climbed to No. 3 in the Billboard magazine chart and was CTI's best-selling album.
His second album, Deodato 2, reached number 19 on the Billboard album chart, while the single "Rhapsody in Blue" reached No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973. His interpretation of Pavane pour une infante défunte ("Pavane for a Dead Princess") by Maurice Ravel was used in the 1970s by an Australian television station as background music.
Deodato continued recording through the 1980s. His 1979 single "Night Cruiser", from the album of the same name, earned him a third Grammy nomination, for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. In 1985, he had two hits, "S.O.S., Fire In The Sky" and "Are You For Real", on the Billboard magazine Top 20 Dance chart. He recorded Live in Rio in 2007. In 2011, he released the album The Crossing, which he produced with Lino Nicolosi and Pino Nicolosi at Nicolosi Productions, with guest vocalist Al Jarreau.
Arranging and producing
Since the 1960s, Deodato has been in demand as a producer and arranger. He has worked on more than 500 albums, and fifteen have reached platinum status as defined by the RIAA.
In the early 1960s, he worked as a freelance arranger for Odeon Records. He wrote arrangements for Wilson Simonal, Marcos Valle, and for his debut album, Inútil Paisagem (1964), which was dedicated to the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim and recorded in Rio when Deodato was twenty-two. Jobim praised him in the album's liner notes. Deodato played piano alongside guitarists Oscar Castro-Neves and Roberto Menescal. He has been credited for helping to start the career of Milton Nascimento. He was part of a committee tasked with choosing songs for a festival, and Deodato chose three by Nascimento.
He moved to New York City in 1967 to work with guitarist Luiz Bonfá and vocalist Astrud Gilberto. He met record producer Creed Taylor, who hired him to write arrangements for musicians at CTI Records. This included Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Paul Desmond. Other collaborations have included producing Kool and the Gang in the early 1980s, the first solo album by Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners in 1988, and arranging Bjork's albums Post, Telegram, and Homogenic.
Deodato wrote scores for the films The Gentle Rain (1966), The Black Pearl (1977), and The Onion Field (1979), and Bossa Nova (2000)
- 1964 Inutil Paisagem (Forma)
- 1964 Samba Nova Concepcao
- 1964 Ideias (Odeon)
- 1965 Ataque
- 1965 The Gentle Rain (Mercury)
- 1965 Bossa Nova for Swingin' Lovers
- 1970 Os Catedráticos
- 1972 Percepção (London)
- 1973 Prelude (CTI)
- 1973 Donato/Deodato with João Donato (Muse)
- 1973 Deodato 2 (CTI)
- 1973 Os Catedráticos 73
- 1973 Deodato/Airto in Concert (CTI)
- 1974 Whirlwinds (MCA)
- 1974 Artistry (MCA)
- 1975 First Cuckoo (MCA)
- 1975 Love, Strings, and Jobim (Warner Bros.)
- 1975 Remolinos
- 1976 Impulso!
- 1976 Daybreak
- 1976 Arranjo e Regência Vol. 2
- 1976 Arranjo e Regência Vol. 3
- 1976 Very Together (MCA)
- 1977 Il Concierto di Aranjuez
- 1977 2001 (Renamed reissue of Prelude) (CTI)
- 1978 Love Island (Warner Bros.)
- 1978 Meditazioni Trumpet in Classic
- 1978 Noches De Blanco Satén
- 1979 Knights of Fantasy (Warner Bros.)
- 1980 Night Cruiser (Warner Bros.)
- 1982 Happy Hour (Warner Bros.)
- 1984 Motion (Warner Bros.)
- 1989 Somewhere Out There (Warner Bros)
- 2002 Lounge '64
- 2009 Live from Rio (DRG)
- 2010 The Crossing
- "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)"/"Spirit of Summer" – US Number 2, 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"
- "S.O.S. Fire in the Sky"/"East Side Strut" (1984)
- "Double Face (feat. Al Jarreau)"
As sideman or arranger
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With Vanessa da Mata
- Vanessa da Mata canta Tom Jobim (Sony/BMG Brazil, 9 July 2013) – arrangements and keyboards
- Volume Dois (WEA/Warner Music Group, 1998) – string and horn arrangements in two tracks ("Eu e Ela" and "Miséria")
With Luiz Bonfá
- Jacaranda (1973) – conducted and arranged
With Ray Bryant
- MCMLXX (Atlantic, 1970) – string arrangements
With Astrud Gilberto
With Antônio Carlos Jobim
- Stone Flower (CTI, 1970) – arrangements
With Antônio Carlos Jobim
- Tide (A&M/CTI, 1970) – arrangements
With Paul Desmond
- Summertime (A&M/CTI, 1968)
With Milton Nascimento
- Courage (A&M/CTI, 1969)
With Walter Wanderley
- When It Was Done (A&M/CTI, 1968) – rhythm arrangements
With Michael Franks
- Burchfield Nines (Warner Bros., 1978) – arrangements
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- "GRAMMY Award Results for Eumir Deodato". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
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