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  Наименование CD :
   The Crossing

Год издания : 2010

Компания звукозаписи : Expansion

Музыкальный стиль : Crossover Jazz, Latin Jazz, World Fusion

Время звучания : 47:50

Код CD : EXCDP 55

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Fusion)      

As a performer, arranger or producer Brazilian born Eumir Deodato has racked up 16 platinum records and posted sales of well over 25 million records in the USA alone. His discography, including compilations and work as an arranger, producer and keyboard player, exceeds 450 albums yet he will probably be always associated with one song, his innovative rendition of the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey. It first appeared on his 1973 debut project and sold at least five million copies. Deodato's latest CD is the 'The Crossing' which features some interesting collaborations and despite its decidedly retro disposition provides a wonderfully fresh showcase for Deodato's incredible playing.

'The Crossing' opens with an extended version of the jazzy but totally accessible 'Double Face' which proves to be the perfect vehicle for the great Al Jarreau and his distinctive vocals. Later Deodato uses the 'radio edit' of this zesty cut to close out the collection and when Jarreau makes a return appearance to share vocals (with Dora Nicolosi) on the velvety 'I Want You More' they together play a part in what is right up there with the album's best. Dora (with Lino and Pino Nicolosi) is one third of the trio Novecento and either collectively or individually they all play a significant part throughout. They again combine with Deodato to help deliver 'Rule My World' which has all the making of a cult club classic while elsewhere the sultry 'Night Passage' is enriched by Deodato's input on electric piano and a fine guitar solo from John Tropea.

For two of the eight choice tunes Deodato calls on the services of the band Londonbeat which has enjoyed some success in Europe and is led by none other than sixties soul icon Jimmy Helms. His vocal on the claustrophobic, brass driven title song is chock full of emotion and when Londonbeat return for 'No Getting Over You' they come up with an exquisite hip swaying gem that sits comfortably in that warm place between jazz fusion and soul.

The only cover version included in 'The Crossing' is a dazzling keyboard driven take on Gershwin's timeless 'Summertime' and another tune right up with the CD's best is the understated yet compelling 'Border Line'. A sumptuous string section, featured percussion from Airto Moreira and a beat that is nothing short of hypnotic all converge to make this is a very special track indeed.



As most baby-boomer jazz fans will recall, Brazilian pianist, producer and arranger Eumir Deodato, billed by only his surname, created quite a stir in the early 1970s when his LPs Prelude and Deodato 2 helped define the sultry, sharp vibe of CTI Records. One particular track on Prelude, Deodato's funky recasting of Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," became a hit, won a Grammy and is now an enduring cultural footnote. Deodato hasn't released new music in a long time, and The Crossing appears to be an attempt to gain some 21st-century relevance. The results are mixed.

Beginning the CD with two songs featuring Al Jarreau is understandable. But "Double Face" is a blatant stab at airplay, which would be a good move if the song were any good; it's too coy, and the wordplay ("Double feature/double creature/that'll teach ya") is too corny. Better is "I Want You More," a cool, leisurely stroll where Jarreau's histrionics are tempered by the seductive come-ons of Dora Nicolosi of Novecento.

The best songs on this CD recall the Deodato of old: the electric-piano wanderings, the soft strings, the extended jams-all perfect for background music at a space-age bachelor pad. It's those vintage inflections that make this disc worthwhile-say, percussionist Airto Moreira joining in on "Border Line," and John Tropea laying down '70s-style electric guitar lines on "Night Passage" and the standard "Summertime."

- Brian Soergel


  Соисполнители :

Airto Moreira (Percussion)
Al Jarreau (Vocals)
Billy Cobham (Drums)
Chris Walker (Background Vocals)
Dora Nicolosi (Vocals)
Estela De Castro (Cello)
Fabio Nico (Violin)
Federica Tarsitano (Violin)
Gianni Virone (Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Giorgio Molteni (Violin)
J. Patrick Lundquist (Background Vocals)
Janier Isusi (Flugelhorn, Trumpet)
Jimmy Chambers (Vocals)
Jimmy Helms (Vocals)
Joe Turano (Background Vocals)
John Tropea (Guitar)
Leonardo Govin (Trombone)
Lino Nicolosi (Guitar)
Livio Troiano (Violin)
Lorenzo Ravazzoni (Viola)
Marco Fadda (Percussion)
Mimmo Campanale (Drums)
Paco Sery (Drums)
Pino Nicolosi (Double Bass, Keyboards)
Rossana Nicolosi (Bass)
William Upshaw (Vocals)

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Наименование трека



   1 Double Face         0:05:50 Deodato, Jarreau, Novocento
   2 I Want You More         0:04:08 -"-
   3 The Crossing         0:06:58 Chambers, Deodato, Novocento, Upshaw
   4 Night Passage         0:05:24 Deodato, Novocento
   5 No Getting Over You         0:05:02 Chambers, Deodato, Novocento, Upshaw
   6 Summertime     T       0:06:40 Gershwin, Heyward
   7 Rule My World         0:04:08 Deodato, Novocento
   8 Border Line         0:05:43 -"-
   9 Double Face (Radio Mix)         0:03:57  


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