Most Wanted! Deodato – Whistle Bump (Warner Bros.)
By the one who made himself a name with his cover version of Richard Strauss‘s ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’.
One of those mythic instrumentals from the Disco era, taken from the 1978 released ‘Love Island’. An album which most likely marked the peak of his collaboration with producer Tommy LiPuma (George Benson, Al Jarreau…).
Its warm symphonic arrangements were certainly for much on the good reception ‘Whistle Bump’ had. But also the presence of Larry Carlton on guitar. Not to mention the memorable whistle parts which a lot of producers would insert from then in the Disco scene. And a new trend was born!
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 cover 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. With this resulting in a plethora of classics. From ‘Ladies’ Night’ to ‘Steppin’ Out’. But also ‘Big Fun’, ‘Get Down On It’ and ‘Take My Heart’. This in addition to ‘Big Fun’, ‘Too Hot’ and ‘Celebration’ to name a few. Or collaborating with Con Funk Shun, One Way and The Dazz Band. Not to mention Kleeer. 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…