Eumir Deodato: Super Strut
Deodato 2 (Sony BMG 724625)
Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm (trumpets, flugelhorns), Hubert Laws (flute), Joe Temperley (baritone sax), Ron Carter (bass), Billy Cobham (drums), Rubens Bassini (percussion, conga).
Composed & arranged by Eumir Deodato.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 12 and May 4-7, 15-16, 1973
Rating: 75/100 (learn more)
Featuring interesting yet dated orchestrations, this is little more than an improvisational one-chord jam built on a vigorously grinding rhythm section and elongated, fluid soloing by Deodato on keys and guitarist John Tropea. Tropea's red-hot extrapolations are customized by distortion and other rock characteristics. However, the free-for-all's energy is dissipated several times by the entrance of heavily overdubbed horns, woodwinds and strings. The track has its moments, most belonging to Tropea; but apart from sonic adornments that occasionally resemble soundtrack music, the result is an admirable (and even formidable) melting pot whose contents seem somewhat analogous.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary
Tags: 1970s jazz