Eumir Deodato

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Eumir Deodato
Eumir Deodato 1970.jpg
Eumir Deodato in Venice c. 1970
Background information
Birth name Eumir Deodato de Almeida
Also known as Deodato
Born (1942-06-22) 22 June 1942 (age 75)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Crossover jazz, jazz rock, fusion, latin music, R&B, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, record producer
Instruments Keyboards, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer
Years active 1959–present
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, 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, Latin, classical and symphonic or orchestral music.[1]

Deodato won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and produced the Kool & the Gang smash hit records "Ladies' Night", "Too Hot" and "Celebration".[2]


Personal life[edit]

Deodato was born in Rio de Janeiro to Italian and Portuguese parents. He is a musical autodidact, starting with the accordion at age 12 but rapidly learning instrumental and orchestral skills that led to his first recording session at age 17.[citation needed] His daughter, Kennya Deodato, is married to American actor Stephen Baldwin.[3]

Recording career[edit]

Deodato's records can be categorized as pop, jazz or crossover jazz. His successes as a keyboard player occurred mainly in the 1970s. Since then, he has produced or arranged music on more than 500 albums for acts ranging from Kool and the Gang to Björk, Christophe and k.d. lang.

His first album in the US, Prelude[4], released in January 1973,[5] was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. The album was produced by Creed Taylor on his CTI (Creed Taylor Inc.) label. The nine-minute crossover jazz version of Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, entitled "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)", won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. It went to No. 2 in the pop charts in the US, No. 3 in Canada, and No. 7 in the UK and was CTI's biggest single. The album climbed to No. 3 in the Billboard chart, the label's best-selling album and an amazing sales achievement for a jazz-based release. 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, failed to sell as well, but climbed to number 19 in the Billboard album chart, whilst the single, "Rhapsody in Blue" reached No. 41 on the Hot 100 in 1973. Another track from the album, his interpretation of Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte" ("Pavane for a Dead Princess"), was used for a number of years in the 1970s by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station ABN-2 in Sydney, serving as the background music for a videotaped sequence of scenes of Sydney at night, which marked the end of transmission for the day (in the period before the ABC commenced 24-hour broadcasting).

His early career records used guitarist John Tropea and jazz fusion flautist Hubert Laws. He was also known for utilizing the electric piano sound of the Fender Rhodes Eighty-Eight, with his trademark gritty tube drive. His music became very popular on the disco scene of the late 1970s when he worked with Tommy LiPuma arranging and conducting disco music on Warner Brothers Records such as "Whistle Bump" (promoting the use of a whistle in disco music) in 1978 from the LP Love Island and later a huge disco hit also produced and arranged by him called "Night Cruiser" in 1980. In 1982 he released a further track called "Keep on Movin'" from the LP Happy Hour but this track did not gain the huge popularity in the clubs that "Night Cruiser" had. He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Warner Brothers label, but never reached the level of his early successes, although two singles, "S.O.S., Fire In The Sky" and "Are You For Real", were Top 20 Billboard Dance hits in 1985.

Producer and arranger[edit]

Deodato has been in demand as a producer and arranger since the 1960s. In all, he has worked on more than 500 albums, 15 of which have reached platinum. His skills as an arranger provided entree to the American recording industry, writing charts for Wes Montgomery, compatriot singer Astrud Gilberto, and 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. He has also written scores for a number of films, including The Gentle Rain (1966), The Black Pearl (1977), and The Onion Field (1979).

In 2007 Deodato co-produced the single called "Paris, Tokyo" which is on the album Lupe Fiasco's The Cool.

He also recorded a live album in Rio in 2007 called Eumir Deodato Trio – ao vivo no Rio (Eumir Deodato Trio, Live in Rio). In 2010, Deodato released the album The Crossing, produced by him in cooperation with Lino Nicolosi, Pino Nicolosi, and Nicolosi Productions, with guest Al Jarreau. In the same year Deodato was cooperating and playing with Riccardo Dalli Cardillo for a new album released by Marita Pauli singer.



  • 1964: Lounge '64
  • 1964: Inútil Paisagem
  • 1964: Ataque
  • 1964: Impulso
  • 1964: Samba Nova Concepcao
  • 1964: Tremendao
  • 1965: Ideias
  • 1970: Os Catedráticos (recorded in 1964–65, released in 1970)
  • 1972: Percepção
  • 1973: Os Catedráticos 73
  • 1973: Donato/Deodato with João Donato

CTI Albums

MCA Albums

  • 1974: Whirlwinds
  • 1974: Artistry
  • 1975: First Cuckoo
  • 1976: Very Together

Warner Bros./Atlantic albums

  • 1978: Love Island
  • 1979: Knights of Fantasy
  • 1980: Night Cruiser
  • 1982: Happy Hour
  • 1984: Motion
  • 1989: Somewhere Out There

Recent Albums

  • 1999: Rio Strut
  • 2000: Bossa Nova Soundtrack
  • 2001: Live at the Felt Forum
  • 2002: Summer Samba
  • 2007: Do It Again
  • 2007: Eumir Deodato Trio – ao vivo no Rio Eumir Deodato Trio, Live in Rio:
  • 2010: The Crossing


  • "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" / "Spirit of Summer" – US Number 2,[6] UK Number 7[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 Feature (feat. Al Jarreau)"

As sideman or arranger[edit]

With Vanessa da Mata

  • canta Tom Jobim (Sony/BMG Brazil, 9 July 2013) – arrangements and keyboards

With Titãs

  • 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

With Antônio Carlos Jobim

  • Tide (A&M/CTI, 1970) – arrangements

With Paul Desmond

With Milton Nascimento

With Walter Wanderley

With Michael Franks

See also[edit]


  1. ^ allmusic Deodato > Biography
  2. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Ladies' Night - Kool & the Gang | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b DESOUTEIRO, Arnaldo. 40 Years of Eumir Deodato's iconic "Prelude". Publicado em Jazz Station – Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Blog (jazz, bossa e Beyond), Los Angeles – Based Jazz Historian, Educator and Record Producer. Voting member of Naras-Grammy, Jazz Journalists Association and Los Angeles Jazz Society. Founder & Ceo of Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting – Los Angeles, Califórnia – 30 de setembro de 2013. Página visitada em 1º de março de 2014.
  6. ^ Feldman, Christopher (2000). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 151. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). Billboard Book of Number 2 Singles. Watson-Guptill. p. 136. ISBN 9780823076956. 

External links[edit]