Friday, January 24, 2014

Flashback Friday: Eumir Deodato and Friends

FLASHBACK FRIDAY on Mel's Internet Universe Music Blog

This week on Flashback Friday I invite you to sit back, kick up your heals and listen to the jazz sounds of Eumir Deoato recorded at the 2010 Estival Jazz Lugano. The video is nearly an hour long and contains many of his most well known tracks.

Deodato was one of the first live concerts I saw back in 1974 in Hilo, Hawaii. Right around that time he was coming off the success of his biggest hit, "Also Sprach Zarathustra" commonly known as the "Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey." His first album on CTI is an elusive classic and contains instrumental jazz tracks such as "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," "Spirit of Summer" and "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun", a piece originally published by Claude Debussy.

By the late 1970s Deodato had hopped on the disco wave and released dance inspired albums such as "Love Island", "Knights of Fantasy" and "Night Cruiser". He also produced records for artists such as Frank Sinatra, Kool & the Gang and Dexy's Midnight Runners.

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