Master Composers: Eumir Deodato made a name for himself with a mega movie hit

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Heart Pounding.


And that is just in the first nine minutes.

Born in Rio on June 21, 1943, he began playing the accordion at age 12.  By age 17, he managed to arrange and conduct a 28 piece orchestra.  In 1967, he moved to New York and would later team up on the record label headed up by Creed Taylor (hence, the CTI Inc. label that you see above in the 2011 Sony anniversary reissue cover).

The theme music to the mega movie hit, 2001:  A Space Odyssey (technically labelled as “Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss) won a 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and put Eumir Deodato firmly on the music map.

Next up was a slight operatic tone on “Spirit of Summer.”

But the other big hit is on Track 3, dedicating it to two special artists from the early 1970’s:  Carly Simon and Carole King.  A steady diet of nice beats and cool percussion made this song a classic.  A jazzier version of “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads” is on Track 4 followed by a rather sleepy song called, “Prelude to The Afternoon of A Faun.”  Then, a song about a specific date on the calendar “September 13” rounds out the album.

Next week, with Valentine’s Day approaching–I will offer a two-fer for all the lovers out there, some nice and concise album reviews of Skyscrapers and Deodato 2.


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