Sunday, April 25, 2010
What a weekend of polarities! One day we have a beautiful sunny spring day and the other is total gray and full of rain. Such is life! In the spirit of New Orleans Jazz festival and Festival International de Louisiane, here are a couple of songs by one of my favorites jazz/fusion groups of the 70's and 80's. Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian musician, record producer and arranger primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for eclectic melding of big band and combo jazz with elements of rock/pop, r&b/funk, Brazilian/Latin and symphonic orchestral music. He has produced or arranged music in more than 500 albums for acts ranging from Kool and the Gang to Bjork and k.d. Lang. Night Cruiser was the first of his 80's offerings and a move from funk jazz of the 70's to modern soul. Here he showcases the best of his talents in both genres. His uncanny sense of rhythm and timing is still very firmly in place, making this LP more than just a smooth jazz album and pushing it into the realm of soulful spacey fusion. There are some amazing tracks here such as "Skatin", "Uncle Funk", "Love Magic" and of course Paradise Garage classic "Night Cruiser" which I'm also featuring here as a bonus. "Groovitation" has been overlooked and I feel deserves revisiting. It's got some great house elements! Hear for yourself and enjoy!