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Brazilian Legend Deodato Releases New CD Featuring Special Guest Al Jarreau

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Eumir Deodato "quintessential Deodato, flexing both his compositional muscle and industry connections." —Ryan Snyder, Yes! Weekly

San Francisco, CA / May 17, 2011

There are some artists that will always withstand the test of time....

NuGroove 2.0 / SMC proudly presents the United States and Canadian release of Eumir Deodato's “The Crossing" with special guest appearances by contemporary jazz legend Al Jarreau on “Double Face" and “I Want You More."

With combined sales of over 25 million records as an artist, arranger or producer, the music of Brazil's Deodato has graced the world for nearly five decades. Having built such a solid and long-term reputation, it is not surprising that the list of guest appearances on “The Crossing" reads like a “who's who" list of the music world. Featured artists include: Airto Moreira (Miles Davis, Weather Report, Chick Corea and Stanley Clark), John Tropea (Paul Simon, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Dr. John), Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, George Duke, John Scofield and Grateful Dead), Paco Sery (Joe Zawinul), Londonbeat and Novecento.

Discover the legendary sounds by visiting www.eumirdedato.webs.com. The official release date for the United States and Canada is July 12, 2011.

The first single to go to radio will be “Double Face" and can be purchased at: apple.com.

More about the artist:

Widely regarded as one of the most respected and sought-after musicians in the music world, Brazilian-born Eumir Deodato
Eumir Deodato
Eumir Deodato
b.1942
keyboard
has racked up 16 platinum records to his credit as artist, arranger or producer with combined sales of well over 25 million records in the USA alone. His discography, including compilations and all his work as arranger, producer and keyboardist, surpasses 450 albums. He has also had the honor of performing with the St. Louis Symphony (which backed him on his superb Artistry album), the Cincinnati Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra di Musica Leggera dell'Unione Musicisti di Roma. In addition, several artists over the years have covered his songs, including George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Sarah Vaughan and The Emotions to mention just a few. And yet, in spite of all of his varied triumphs, honors and distinctions over the years, the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist will probably forever be associated with one song—his innovative rendition of Richard Strauss' classical opus Also Sprach Zarathustra (or more commonly known as the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey).

That single compelling song, which first appeared on his 1973 debut album for CTI Prelude, sold at least five million copies and earned Deodato his first Grammy Award, instantly moved him to international stardom and setting a course for his remarkable ongoing career in music. Thirty years later, that same tune has found its way into the repertoire of the jam band Phish, a testament to Deodato's enduring influence.

Following a performance at the Hollywood Bowl with the CTI All-Stars Band in 1972, Deodato started recording his own record. His debut appearance as a leader, billed as 2001 Space Concert, was held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1973. After seven years of world-wide touring (including Australia, Japan, Canada, South America, Europe) and eight coast-to-coast tours of the States, Deodato decided to concentrate on studio work once again.

Besides highly successful solo albums for the CTI, MCA, Warner Bros. and Atlantic labels, his work as a producer/arranger earned him several more laurels. One of his first productions was Kool & the Gang's No.1 pop single “Celebration." He followed that success with more production and/or arranging works for Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Franks, Gwen Guthrie, Chuck Mangione, Breakfast Club, The Dazz Band, One Way, Con-Funk-Shun, Kleeer, Pretty Poison, Kevin Rowland (Dexy's Midnight Runners), White Lion and Brenda K. Starr, for whom he produced the pop hit “I Still Believe" in 1987. Deodato also had three other multi-platinum albums for Kool & the Gang: “Ladies' Night," “Something Special" and “As One."

In the 90's, Deodato continued to be a vital force on the pop scene through his work with Icelandic singer Bjork. In addition to arranging her last three albums: 1995's Post, 1996's Telegram and 1997's Homogenic, Deodato produced a highly praised acoustic version of Bjork's “Isobel," sub-titled “Deodato Mix," which became a club scene favorite. He has also produced material for French singer Clementine (also touring Japan with her as a special guest in 1994), arranged and produced a top 10 single for Brazilian singer Gal Costa (1996) and has performed as guest conductor with Bjork both in Brazil (1996), and in the States at the Tibetan Freedom Concerts at Downing Stadium (1997).

In 1998, Deodato arranged for Brazilian pop acts Titans ("Vol. II," with sales over 500,000 copies), Paralamas Do Sucesso, Carlinhos Brown ("Omelete Man") as well as for incredibly talented Marisa Monte on different records (Infinito Particular being the last one). He was also special guest on a project by Japanese pop star Akemi Kakihara, recorded in London during the summer of 1998.

After more than a decade of absence, Deodato returned in 2001 to the stage to do some unforgettable performances at North Sea Festival (The Netherlands), Umbria Jazz (Italy), Pori (Finland), Java Jazz (Jakarta, Indonesia), Big Chill (UK), Cape Town (So. Africa), Lugano (Switzerland) where he was presented the “Lifetime Achievement Award) and many more.

At this point, Deodato has worked with some of the most respected artists in the world. His most noticeable arranging and production works include Bjork (UK), Frank Sinatra (US), Damien Saez, Christophe, Berry, Charles Aznavour (France), KD Lang (US), Luz Casal (Spain), Antonio Carlos Jobim (Brazil), and many others. As of 2011 Deodato has already accumulated incredible credits and continues to work towards unusual and diverse work with artists from different countries. His concert agenda is very impressive and his reputation continues to be untouchable. A lot more will be coming in the future.

On July 12, 2011, Deodato enters a new era in music with the US and Canadian release of “The Crossing" by NuGroove 2.0 / SMC.


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