This two-in-one disc brings together a pair of releases from 1974 by the Brazilian keyboardist, arranger, and producer Deodato. ARTISTRY is a live album that finds Deodato conducting a full orchestra in a set that explores jazz fusion, disco, Latin, and crossover classical. WHIRLWINDS charts similar territory through a sequence of Deodato originals and covers of tunes by Glenn Miller, Steely Dan, and Franz Schubert. Neither album contains the artist’s best-known ‘70s hit, “Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey),” but there’s still plenty of evidence of Deodato’s inventive arrangements and impressive keyboard work.
AllMusic Review by Anthony Tognazzini