The collection, featuring vibrant interpretations of "Wave," "Desafinado," "The Girl From Ipanema" and other favorites, and was his fourth recording for DMP, the same label that released Fest's debut album, Jungle Cat, in 1978. Along the way, he also released four widely praised albums for Concord, including 1995's Comecar De Novo and 1997's Amazonas, both featuring German-born vibraphonist and chromatic harmonica wizard Hendrik Meurkens. Fest and his bandmates played everywhere from the the Clearwater (Florida) Jazz Holiday to the Jazz Cafe in London, festivals in California and Pennsylvania, and other venues around the United States and Europe. Fest worked with a variety of Brazilian and American musicians, including Lili, drummer Portinho, bassist Paul Socolow, saxophonist Scott Hamilton, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and guitarist Richie Zellon. The pianist, a semi-regular at Fandango's on Siesta Key, near Sarasota, Florida, where he was often joined by bassist Billy Pillucere and drummer Tom Carabasi, had a number of projects in the works -- including live takes -- and seemed to be on a career upswing just prior to his last illness and death. Fest died of liver failure in Tampa, Florida, not far from his home in Palm Harbor, where he had lived for 12 years with his wife, singer-composer Lili Galiteri. His death at the age of 63 was another loss of a vital living link to the origins of bossa nova. Main compositions: "Seresta (Serenade)", "Brazilian Dorian Dream" Recorded by: George Shearing, Paquito Di Rivera, Buddy DeFranco and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Main albums: Dig the Samba, 1998 (Candid) Jungle Cat, 1978 (DMP) Just Jobim, 1998 (DMP) Comecar De Novo, 1995 (Concord) Amazonas, 1997 (Concord) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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