220

Deodato: Deodato 2

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
The surprise success of “Also Sprach Zarathrustra” on Prelude prompted Deodato to quickly follow with Deodato 2, a record that closely followed the template of his first number one hit. Deodato knew there was a lot of money to be made courting the rock audience, and there’s little on this record that could safely be called jazz. However, this record still stands up remarkably well today, unlike some of the other keyboard-driven records from the era. This time “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Death of A Pavane Princess” get the revisionist treatment and they provide a nice contrast to one another; the former is all funky electric piano and fierce rock and roll guitar, the later a minimalist piece with synthesized strings and icy piano flourishes. However, the real gems are the Deodato originals; disco-ish workouts like “Funky Strut” and “Skyscrapers” probably appealed to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind, and Fire fans originally and will find favor with the club scene today. Three bonus cuts are added to the original running time, including a lovely tune called “Venus” and a passable run through of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”. Although Prelude is still the better of the two, Deodato 2 isn’t far behind.

Track Listing: Super Strut; Rhapsody in Blue; Nights in White Satin; Pavane for a Dead Princess; Skyscrapers; Latin Flute; Venus; Do It Again.

Personnel: John Tropea - Guitar; Ron Carter - Bass; Jon Faddis - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn; Hubert Laws - Flute; Marvin Stamm - Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Joe Temperley - Horn, Sax (Baritone); Rubens Bassini - Percussion, Conga; Stanley Clarke - Bass; Billy Cobham - Drums; Eumir Deodato - Arranger, Conductor, Keyboards.

Title: Deodato 2 | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: CTI Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Elusive CD/LP/Track Review Elusive
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Transitions CD/LP/Track Review Transitions
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Door Girl CD/LP/Track Review Door Girl
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Incidentals CD/LP/Track Review Incidentals
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Heart Knows CD/LP/Track Review Heart Knows
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Jersey CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 22, 2017
Read "To the Bone" CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by John Kelman
Published: August 26, 2017
Read "Madjafalao" CD/LP/Track Review Madjafalao
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 19, 2017
Read "So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain" CD/LP/Track Review So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain
by John Sharpe
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "Duet" CD/LP/Track Review Duet
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 30, 2016
Read "Mass" CD/LP/Track Review Mass
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 2, 2016
Read "Goat Man & The House of the Dead" CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.