Classics: Deodato – Also Sprach Zarathustra (CTI Records)
An established recording artist in his native Brazil since the mid-60’s, Eumir Deodato had nevertheless to wait until early 1973 to make his official debut Stateside. A debut under the form of an album titled ‘Prelude’, which featured a memorable cover version of Richard Strauss‘s ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’…
Quite a challenge, knowing that the original (a tone poem) has been a part of the classical repertoire since its first performance back in 1896 (Wikipedia). But what a blast which Deodato turned it into a 9 minute cosmic Jazz Funk definitive masterpiece.
A work which saw the man awarded with a Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance” the year after…
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Eumir Deodato de Almeida is a pianist, composer, arranger and producer. Primarly geared towards Jazz, he progressively covered a wider spectrum along with time.
A self-taught musician, Deodato arranged ‘Chapter Two’ for Roberta Flack back in 1970, before emerging as a recording artist himself.
He came straight to fame with the release of ‘Prelude’ on Creed Taylor‘s CTI Records label 3 years later. An album which marked his debut Stateside, enlightened by his memorable version of Strauss‘s ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’.
The end of the 70’s would see him exploring groovier territories, on the heels of ‘Whistle Bump’. As a producer, turning Kool & The Gang into a Disco hit machine, or collaborating with Kleeer, One Way, The Dazz Band and Con Funk Shun. But also under his own banner, with cuts such as ‘Keep On Movin” or ‘S.O.S. Fire In The Sky’.
Another sign of his open-mindeness being his orchestrations on Björk‘s 1997 released ‘Homogenic’ album…