Manfredo Fest (teclados, sintetizadores)
Jerry Peters (teclados, coros, arreglos), Lee Ritenour, John Rowin, Tim May y Jay Graydon (guitarra eléctrica), Oscar Castro Neves (guitarra acústica), Abraham Laboriel (bajo eléctrico), Jim Hughart (bajo eléctrico, contrabajo), Claudio P. Sloan (batería, percusión), Victor Feldman, Laudir de Oliveira y Gerald Steinholtz (percusión), Clark Spangler (programación de sintetizadores), Dorothy Ashby (arpa), Roberta Davis (voz), Annesther Davis, Louis Adelbert y Monique Adelbert (coros), sección de vientos y sección de cuerdas.
Reedición en CD de 2014, en lujoso formato discolibro y libreto con nuevos textos.
"Delightful collision of jazz and funk flavours tinged with a soupçon of classical music and a liberal sprinkling of Brazilian exoticism. The set was helmed by the redoubtable pianist/arranger Jerry Peters, who provides insightful quotes about making the album and working with Manfredo Fest in the set's liner notes. With the help of top L.A. session players Peters adds a cool, sophisticated, Hollywood sheen to Fest's collection of Brazilian grooves and moods. The album's killer cut is undoubtedly 'Jungle Kitten,' a sublime meld of disco and samba-esque jazz-funk with an addictive vocal hook sung by a bevy of background singers that includes Roberta Davis. Fading at three-and-a-half minutes, the track leaves the listener wanting more and it's a shame that no extended mix was discovered in the archives (sadly, this reissue didn't unearth any bonus material at all).
Another Fest composition, the atmospheric 'Arigo,' has a deeper, churning groove, and blends jazzy vocals with funky electric piano solos. As well as original material, Fest re-imagines Richard Rodgers 'Slaughter On 10th Avenue' as a Latin disco workout and includes a take on Stephen Sondheim's haunting show ballad 'Send In The Clowns.' He even transmogrifies J.S. Bach's classical music piece, 'Prelude & Fugue #2,' into an extended mirrorball floor filler complete with vocalese-style singing and though in lesser hands, it could have been horrendously camp and cheesy, producer Peters manages to give the arrangement some gravitas despite a four-on-the-floor pulse and slurping hi-hat patterns galore. Well worth a listen, this - especially for the glorious 'Jungle Kitten." Charles Waring (04.06.2014)