After his untimely death in 1994, there was a predictable flurry of Antonio Carlos Jobim tribute recordings. Before his passing, however, songs of the bossa nova legend persisted as some of the most played in the world since the ’60s. Few songwriters can match the harmonic sophistication of Jobim tunes, or the simple beauty of his melodies. Fellow Brazilian pianist Manfredo Fest has worked in the bossa nova field since its heyday 40 years ago and remains one of Jobim’s most faithful interpreters. Predictably, Just Jobim includes the standards which the maestro is known for, such as “Wave” and “Aguas de Maráo” (Waters of March) but includes the lesser known works, such as “Amparo,” and “Luisa.”
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