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Eumir Deodato
Eumir (* 1942) is a pianist, composer, arranger, and record producer, primarily in jazz but who has been known for his eclectic melding of genres, such as pop, rock, disco, rhythm and blues, classical, Latin and bossa nova. He began his musical life on accordion when he was 12 years old, then piano two years later. He studied orchestration, conducting, and arranging. He played bossa nova in bands with Durval Ferreira and Roberto Menescal, then formed his own band with Menescal in 1962.
 
He became successful as a keyboard player in the 1970s. Since then, he has produced and arranged music on more than 500 albums for artists such as Kool and the Gang, Con Funk Shun, Björk, Christophe, and k.d. lang. Guitarist John Tropea and flautist Hubert Laws appeared on his early albums.
 
Since the 1960s, Eumir has been in demand as a producer and arranger, he worked as a freelance arranger for Odeon Records. He wrote arrangements for Wilson Simonal, Marcos Valle, and for his debut album, Inútil Paisagem (1964), which was dedicated to the work of Antônio Carlos Jobim and recorded in Rio when Deodato was twenty-two. Eumir played piano alongside guitarists Oscar Castro-Neves and Roberto Menescal.
 
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 Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Paul Desmond. Deodato worked with Joao Donato (1970), Youg, Holt Unlimited (1973) and Luiz Bonfá (1973) also. He had other collaborations, including producing Kool and the Gang from the late 70s to the early 80s, the first solo album by Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners in 1988, and arranging Björk's albums Post, Telegram and Homogenic.
 
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Discography
Os Catedráticos 73
Warner Bros. WB 56 848
released 1980
recorded February through June 1980 in New Jersey/USA
Eumir Deodato, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, bass drum
Khalis Bayyan, tenor sax
Ronald Bell, tenor sax
Keith O'Quinn, trombone
Jon Faddis, trumpet
Louis Marini, sax
George Marge, flute
Harvey Esterin, flute
George Parrish jr., guitar
Sergio Dias, guitar
Victor Jones, guitar
Ray Gomez, guitar
David Bravo, Fender Rhodes
string section
Gary Granger, bass
Skipp Ingram, bass
Stephen Daniels, drums
Jimmy Maelen, percussion
Platinum Hook, vocals
Os Catedráticos 73
original LP Equipe 100.001, released 1973
UBCD 105 (reissue)
recorded 1965 in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
Eumir Deodato, piano, organ
Phil Bodner, sax, flute
Romeo Penque, sax, flute
Marvin Stamm, trumpet, flugelhorn
John Frosk, trumpet, flugelhorn
Wayne Andre, trombone
Zé Menezes, guitar
Durval Ferreira, guitar
Sérgio Barroso, bass
Mamao, drums
Bebeto, congas
Helcio Milito, percussion
Orlandivo, percussion
Alsp sprach Zarathusdra
Starline 80043
compilation
Eumir Deodato, conductor, piano, organ, synthesizer
Jay Berliner, guitar
John Tropea, guitar
John Giulino, bass
Rick Marotta, drums
Airto, percussion
Ray Barretto, congas
Rubens Bassini, bongos, congas, tambourine

 
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