Wednesday, February 1, 2012

CD Reissue of the Month - "Manfredo Fest: Manifestations"

CD Reissue of the Month
Manfredo Fest: "Manifestations" (Tabu/P-Vine) 1978/2011

Produced by Jerry Peters
Arranged by Bill Holman & Jerry Peters

Manfredo Fest's third album as a leader in the USA, "Manifestations" was born in 1978 @ The Total Experience Studios in Hollywood and @ Kendun Recorders in Burbank. Produced for the Tabu label by Jerry Peters, who also arranged the date with Bill Holman, it reflects the disco-music heyday and was Fest's high-budget project ever, with large horn and string sections.

The all-star team includes three other Brazilian musicians (drummer Claudio Slon, acoustic guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves and percussionist Laudir de Oliveira), bassists Abe Laboriel and Jim Hughart, electric guitarists Lee Ritenour, Tim May and Jay Graydon, Buddy Collette on reeds, Jerry Hey and Oscar Brashear on trumpets, Maurice Spears on trombone, and the legendary harpist Dorothy Ashby. Clark Spangler, who used to work with Lalo Schifrin, did the synthesizers programming.

A new take on "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" opens the disc, followed by some Fest's originals ("Jungle Kitten," "Arigo" and "Who Needs It"), Peters' "Koko and Leeroe" and a disco version of Bach's "Prelude & Fugue #2." Dated but exciting.

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