Manfredo Fest

Amazonas

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This is a very likable effort from Brazilian pianist Manfredo Fest. Fest performs with a quartet that includes guitarist Phil Fest, bassist David Finck, and drummer Vanderlei Pereira, with guest spots for altoist Steve Sacks, and particularly for the talented harmonica player, Hendrik Meurkens (who doubles on vibes). The dozen selections are consistently appealing, mixing together a few originals with inventive versions of such songs as "Secret Love," Jobim's "Caminhos Cruzados," "O Pato," "Lullaby Of Birdland," and "Estate." This is one of Manfredo Fest's finest recordings.

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