One of the UK’s leading independent soul labels, Expansion Records, is releasing the new album by Brazilian keyboard legend, arranger and producer, EUMIR DEODATO. Deodato, of course, scored a massive global hit in 1973 with his funky fusion version for CTI Records of Richard Strauss’s classical music piece (famously used in the sci-fi movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’) called ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra.’ His new album is called ‘The Crossing’ and features cameo appearances from AL JARREAU, LONDONBEAT, AIRTO MOREIRA, BILLY COBHAM, and NOVECENTO. The album is out on December 6th and on December 13th a single from the set, ‘Double Face,’ featuring Al Jarreau on vocals, gets released.
Also out on Expansion is ‘Love’s Comin’ Down,’ an LP originally released by RONNIE McNEIR on Motown in 1976. Never before released on CD, the album is now reissued with a raft of previously unissued bonus tracks (seven in all) discovered in the Motown vaults by Expansion’s Ralph Tee. This set is out on November 29th.
Look out for reviews of both these Expansion titles soon at SJF.