Deodato 2

Label
Epic/Legacy
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
58:59

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Super Strut 8:55 22,280
2 Rhapsody In Blue 8:45 7,380
3 Nights In White Satin 6:00 4,570
4 Pavane For A Dead Princess 4:06 5,579
4 Pvane For a Dead Princess 4:08 16
5 Skyscrapers 6:37 6,933
5 Slyscrapers 6:42 20
6 Latin Flute 4:47 13,416
7 Venus 3:29 3,330
8 Do It Again 5:30 5,778

About this album

Deodato’s debut for CTI, Prelude, earned him a genuine reputation for funky fusion with its groove-tight cover of “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” the theme from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The rest of the album isn’t quite as memorable, but it fit the bill and got nice reviews for its innovative read of Borodin and Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. ” On 2, the Brazilian composer and arranger dips into the funked-up fusion formula tank once again, and comes out with a more consistent disc than its predecessor. Arranged, conducted, and keyboarded by Deodato himself instead of CTI house arrangers Don Sebesky or Bob James, the maestro enlisted a fusion who’s who of sidemen including drummer Billy Cobham, bassist Stanley Clarke, and flutist Hubert Laws, as well as rockers like John Tropea on guitar. The larger ensemble that provides brass, woodwind, and string support includes trumpeter Jon Faddis and Jim Buffington. “Super Strut” kicks it off. Deep-grooved lines of accented angular riffing and rim-shot syncopation by Cobham turn this simply notated four-stepper into a burning ball of greasy rock and souled-out jazz. This is followed by a wildly campy but nonetheless wondrous read of “Rhapsody in Blue” done Stevie Wonder-style.

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