EUMIR DEODATO

From March 02, 2018 - 06:00 PM
to March 03, 2018 - 11:00 PM
Ronnie Scotts
,47 Frith Street, Soho
W1 4HD, London

Since the 1960s, Deodato has been in demand as a producer and arranger. He has worked on more than 500 albums, and fifteen have reached platinum status as defined by the RIAA.

In the early 1960s, he worked as a freelance arranger for Odeon Records. He wrote arrangements for Wilson SimonalMarcos Valle, and for his debut album, Inútil Paisagem(1964)[1], which was dedicated to the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim and recorded in Rio when Deodato was twenty-two. Jobim praised him in the album's liner notes. Deodato played piano alongside guitarists Oscar Castro-Neves and Roberto Menescal.[4] He has been credited for helping to start the career of Milton Nascimento. He belonged to a committee to choose songs for a festival, and Deodato chose three by Nascimento.[1]

He moved to New York City in 1967 to work with guitarist Luiz Bonfá and vocalist Astrud Gilberto. He met record producer Creed Taylor, who hired him to write arrangements for musicians at CTI Records. This included Tony BennettFrank SinatraAretha FranklinPaul Desmond.[1] Other collaborations have included producing Kool and the Gang in the early 1980s, the first solo album by Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners in 1988, and arranging Bjork's albums PostTelegram, and Homogenic.

Deodato wrote scores for the films The Gentle Rain (1966), The Black Pearl (1977), and The Onion Field (1979), and Bossa Nova (2000)

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