Oscar Castro-Neves

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Oscar Castro-Neves
Oscar Castro-Neves.jpg
Photo from official website
Background information
Birth nameCarlos Oscar de Castro-Neves
Born(1940-05-15)May 15, 1940
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
DiedSeptember 27, 2013(2013-09-27) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California
GenresBossa nova, Latin jazz, new age
Years active1955–2013
Associated actsPaul Winter Consort, Sérgio Mendes

Oscar Castro-Neves (May 15, 1940 - September 27, 2013[1]), was a Brazilian guitarist, arranger, and composer who is considered a founding figure in bossa nova.

He was born in Rio de Janeiro as one of triplets and formed a band with his brothers in his youth. At 16 he had a national hit with Chora Tua Tristeza. In 1962 he was in a bossa nova concert at Carnegie Hall, and later he toured with Stan Getz and Sérgio Mendes. He went on to work with musicians from different genres, including Billy Eckstine, Yo Yo Ma, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, João Gilberto, Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour, Airto Moreira, Toots Thielemans, John Klemmer, Carol Welsman and Diane Schuur. During the 1970s and early 1980s he was member of the Paul Winter Consort. With Mendes, Castro-Neves, was a key guitarist in the A&M release "Fool on the Hill" and continued with the classic "Stillness" which was to see the last Brasil '66 grouping. Castro-Neves re-appeared with Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77 on the Vintage '74 album.

He lived in Los Angeles, California where he worked as an orchestrator for several films including Blame it on Rio and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.[2] He died of cancer in Los Angeles in September 27, 2013.[3]


As leader[edit]

  • Big Band Bossa Nova (Audio Fidelity, 1962)
  • The Rhythm and Sounds of Bossa Nova (featuring Miltinho) (Audio Fidelity, 1963)
  • Brazilian Scandals (1987)
  • Oscar! (1987)
  • Maracujá (1989)
  • More than Yesterday (with Teo Lima) (1991)
  • Tropical Heart (1993)
  • The John Klemmer and Oscar Castro-Neves Duo (1997)
  • Brazilian Days (with Paul Winter) (1998)
  • Playful Heart (2003)
  • All One (2006)

As sideman[edit]

With David Darling

With Eliane Elias

With Edu Lobo

With Sérgio Mendes and Pelé (album)

With Gerald Wilson

With Billie Hughes


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