EUMIR DEODATO composer, musical director, keyboards DOM GLOVER trumpet DAVE WILLIAMSON trombone BEN CASTLE baritone sax/flute GRAEME BLEVINS sax/flute RONAN MCCULLAGH guitar ANDREW McKINNEY bass PAT ILLINGWORTH drums SNOWBOY percussion
Brazilian-born keyboardist, arranger and producer, Eumir Deodato makes a welcome return to Ronnie’s after his smash shows last January. Deodato will always be best known for his brilliant adaptation of ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey)’, his Latin tinged take on Strauss’s classic theme. Taken from his 1972 CTI recording Prelude, the unlikely hit sold over a million copies and made Deodato one of the stars of seventies music. Until recording the now-classic ‘Prelude’, Deodato had been better known as an arranger for the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Wes Montgomery and Frank Sinatra and for his own series of classic Bossa Nova albums recorded back home in Brazil. But when CTI head Creed Taylor gave Deodato the chance to record his own album for the label the result was a series of jazz inflected covers of classical music which spawned this massive world-wide club hit.