Manfredo Fest

Jungle Cat

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This CD has an energetic set of Brazilian-flavored jazz. Manfredo Fest mostly sticks to acoustic piano, occasionally switching to electric keyboards for color, and balancing the program almost evenly between standards and originals. To his credit, Fest (who uses a four-piece rhythm section) does not let the Brazilian aspects of the music detract from the jazz, which is quite boppish and harmonically sophisticated. Trumpeter Claudio Roditi's cameo appearances are also a plus on this enjoyable set.

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