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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/1988
Label: Epic Europe
UPC: 5099750602829
catalogNumber: 5060282
Rank: 27721

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
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
C. Taylor   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Steve Futterman   Liner Notes
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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