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.
This Wounded Bird two-fer packages together two of Deodato's transitional albums from 1979 and 1980, when he was actively pursuing chart success and radio play in the United States. Knights of Fantasy, from 1979, contains trace elements of the Brazilian producer and composer's fusion persona while melding them with disco and lite funk – as many other jazzmen were also doing at the time, from Lonnie Liston Smith to the Crusaders. Fine for the dancefloor or the listening room, Night Cruiser is easily Deodato's most consistent effort of that decade.
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.
Brazilian Maestro Eumir Deodato has done it again. This late 2010 album recreates his great style with his claim-to-fame electric piano, and this time accompanied one more time for John Tropea and Airto Moreira, and with special guests.
Prelude includes the biggest hit for CTI Records, the Grammy®-winning Also Sprach Zarathustra, an arrangement of Richard Strauss s fanfare used as the main theme in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It rose to No. 2 on the U.S. pop charts and won the 1974 Grammy Award® for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Recorded live in the Felt Forum of New York City's Madison Square Garden in the wake of Deodato's massive 2001: A Space Odyssey hit, this album has a fairly confusing history. Only three selections, "Do It Again," "Spirit of Summer," and "Tropea" were released on the original slapped-together LP In Concert, and these were combined with Airto Moreira's "Parana" and "Branches," which were recorded at the same concert. In the CD-era, the LP was split up; Deodato's tracks were combined with four unreleased tunes from the concert, giving the CD-buyer 35 more minutes of music, while the two Airto tracks were placed on The Best of Airto.