Prelude

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Prior to Prelude, Eumir Deodato was primarily known, if at all, as a tasteful, lyrical, bossa nova-based sometime arranger for the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery, and others. Enter Creed Taylor, who gave Deodato a chance to step out on his own as a pianist/leader, doing a few tunes of his own plus a healthy quota of CTI-patented jazz interpretations of classical pieces by Richard Strauss "Also Sprach Zarathustra 2001", Debussy "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun", and bowdlerized Borodin "Baubles, Bangles and Beads". Well, "2001" -- a clever, up-tempo Latin-groove takeoff on the opening measures of Strauss' tone poem suddenly exploded and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Prior to Prelude, Eumir Deodato was primarily known, if at all, as a tasteful, lyrical, bossa nova-based sometime arranger for the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery, and others. Enter Creed Taylor, who gave Deodato a chance to step out on his own as a pianist/leader, doing a few tunes of his own plus a healthy quota of CTI-patented jazz interpretations of classical pieces by Richard Strauss "Also Sprach Zarathustra 2001", Debussy "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun", and bowdlerized Borodin "Baubles, Bangles and Beads". Well, "2001" -- a clever, up-tempo Latin-groove takeoff on the opening measures of Strauss' tone poem suddenly exploded and became an improbable hit single. In its wake, Prelude soared to number three on the pop LP charts, and Deodato was propelled out of the arranger-for-hire business. Though overshadowed by "2001," the other tracks also hold up well today, being mostly medium-tempo, sometimes lushly orchestrated, conga-accented affairs that provide velvety showcases for Deodato's lyrical electric piano solos. The record also made a temporary star out of John Tropea, whose electric guitar has a lot of rock & rolling zip and fire, and Hubert Laws, Stanley Clarke, and Marvin Stamm each get a little solo room too. This would be the biggest hit Deodato and CTI ever had, and though short on playing time 32 minutes, it still makes enjoyable listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/1988
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • EAN: 5099750602829
  • Catalog Number: 5060282
  • Sales rank: 8,081

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deodato Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Track Performer
John Tropea Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Ray Barretto Percussion, Conductor, Conga
Phil Bodner Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Wind
Ron Carter Bass, Electric Bass
Hubert Laws Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Soloist
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Soloist
Bill Watrous Trombone
Jay Berliner Guitar, Soloist
Al Brown Viola
David Nadien Violin
Airto Moreira Percussion
Wayne Andre Trombone
Seymour Barab Cello
Garnett Brown Trombone
Bill Buffington Horn
James Buffington French Horn
Stanley Clarke Bass, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Billy Cobham Drums
Max Ellen Violin
Paul Faulise Trombone, Horn
John Frosk Trumpet, Horn
Paul Gershman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Harry Lookofsky Violin
George Marge Flute, Violin, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Wind
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Charles McCracken Cello
Gene Orloff Violin
Romeo Penque Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Wind
Harvey Shapiro Cello
Joseph J. Shepley Trumpet
George Strakey Trombone
Emanuel Vardi Viola
George Stokey Trombone
Sprach Zarathustra Electric Guitar
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Peter Gordon Horn, French Horn
Airto Percussion
Marky Markowitz Trumpet
Jim Buffington French Horn
Elliot Rosoff Violin
Technical Credits
Deodato Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Didier C. Deutsch Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ray Moore Engineer, Mastering
C. Taylor Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Steve Futterman Liner Notes
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering, Remastering
Seth Rothstein Director
Helene Silverman Reissue Design
Danny Kadar Reissue Mixing Engineer
Tony Martell Executive Producer
George Forrest Composer
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Robert Wright Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exceptional!!

    The first time I heard the music of Deodato of the 70's and it was a surprise for me. I got really impressed!!

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