Deodato 2

Deodato 2

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Deodato's debut for CTI, Prelude, earned him a genuine reputation for funky fusion with its groove-tight cover of "Thus Spake Zarathustra," the theme from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The rest of the album isn't quite as memorable, but it fit the bill and got nice reviews for its innovative read of

Overview

Deodato's debut for CTI, Prelude, earned him a genuine reputation for funky fusion with its groove-tight cover of "Thus Spake Zarathustra," the theme from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The rest of the album isn't quite as memorable, but it fit the bill and got nice reviews for its innovative read of Borodin and Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun." On 2, the Brazilian composer and arranger dips into the funked-up fusion formula tank once again, and comes out with a more consistent disc than its predecessor. Arranged, conducted, and keyboarded by Deodato himself instead of CTI house arrangers Don Sebesky or Bob James, the maestro enlisted a fusion who's who of sidemen including drummer Billy Cobham, bassist Stanley Clarke, and flutist Hubert Laws, as well as rockers like John Tropea on guitar. The larger ensemble that provides brass, woodwind, and string support includes trumpeter Jon Faddis and Jim Buffington. "Super Strut" kicks it off. Deep-grooved lines of accented angular riffing and rim-shot syncopation by Cobham turn this simply notated four-stepper into a burning ball of greasy rock and souled-out jazz. This is followed by a wildly campy but nonetheless wondrous read of "Rhapsody in Blue" done Stevie Wonder-style. Deodato's keyboard work never lets the groove drop; he pulls the rhythm section down around him and hunkers his phrasing to punch up the long, sweeping horns and string lines. Less successful is a read of "Nights in White Satin," with its overwrought strings, and a "Pavane for a Dead Princess" that's a snore. The album officially closes with "Skyscrapers," another jazz-rock rave-up that blasts holes in the sonic sky with its dueling keyboard and guitar lines. [The remastered version of the CD includes three bonus tracks that include a steamy little bossa nova number, "Latin Flute," with Laws tearing up the solo spot, and a lounge lizard's dream of a cover version in Steely Dan's "Do It Again," with flutes and keys trading the melody lines and Tropea's wah-wah guitars chunking up the backbeat. Why this wasn't on the original album or a follow-up is a mystery.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972462523
catalogNumber:
724625
Rank:
24187

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deodato   Primary Artist,Conductor,Keyboards
John Tropea   Guitar,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Hubert Laws   Flute
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Joe Temperley   Baritone Saxophone
David Nadien   Violin
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Rubens Bassini   Percussion,Conga
Alfred Brown   Viola
Garnett Brown   Trombone
James Buffington   French Horn
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Billy Cobham   Drums
Burt Collins   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Harry Cykman   Violin
Gilmore Digap   Percussion,Conga
Max Ellen   Violin
Paul Gershman   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Harold Kohon   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
George Marge   Flute
Rick Marotta   Drums
Charles McCracken   Cello
Gene Orloff   Violin
Victor Paz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Romeo Penque   Flute
George Ricci   Cello
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Russell Savkas   Bass
Alan Shulman   Cello
Irving Spice   Violin
Tony Studd   Bass,Trombone,Bass Trombone
Brooks Tillotson   French Horn
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Alvin Brehm   Bass
John Giulino   Bass
Joe Shepley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jim Buffington   French Horn
Jerry Dodgion   Flute
Elliot Rosoff   Violin

Technical Credits

Deodato   Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Stacey Boyle   Tape Research

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Deodato 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lee54 More than 1 year ago
I have been looking for this CD for awhile and I'm amazed it still sounds soooo good. It fits today's sounds and still has me loving his music. This is one you should at least preview it's sound, I know you will like it.