O violonista brasileiro Oscar Castro Neves nasceu no Rio de Janeiro no 15 de maio de 1940 , aprendeu na infância a tocar violão e formou um conjunto com os irmãos.
No final dos anos 50 juntou-se ao grupo dos bossanovistas e participou do Festival de Bossa Nova do Carnegie Hall, em Nova York, 1962. Voltou ao Brasil algumas vezes mas acabou radicando-se nos Estados Unidos a partir de 1966.
Participou de discos e shows importantes, como o LP "O Ritmo e o Som da Bossa Nova", com Milton Banana, o show de Vinicius de Moraes e Quarteto em Cy na boate Zum Zum em 1964 e o programa "O Fino da Bossa".
Um de seus grandes sucessos dessa época foi "Onde Está Você?", cantada por Alaíde Costa. Outros foram "Não Faz Assim", "Bossa Nova Blues" e "Menina Feia". Nos EUA trabalhou como instrumentista, arranjador e compositor ao lado de Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Quincy Jones e do saxofonista Paul Winter. Faz trilhas sonoras para filmes brasileiros e norte-americanos. Nos anos 80 voltou a gravar como solista, lançando discos pelo selo Winter's Living.
Radicado na Califórnia, adiciona elementos brasileiros ao estilo smooth jazz que pratica, e lançou discos novos na década de 90, como "Tropical Heart" (1993). Em 1998 lançou um dos grandes cds de sua carreira, "Brazilian Days - Oscar castro Neves e Paul Winters".
A foto do post é da capa do mais recente cd "All One" de Oscar Castro-Neves – com participação de Luciana Souza e com músicas de Monk, Coltrane e Jobim.
E o time de músicos que o acompanha são: Don Grusin (piano), Brian Bromberg (baixo), Alex Acunã (percusão), Mike Shapiro (compositor arranjador), Charlie Bisharat (guitar), Gary Meek (sax alto) e Kevin Richard (drums) e no vocal a nossa notável Luciana Souza.
Few musicians in the world today can boast a career that reflects a lifetime of accomplishments as diverse, rich and acclaimed as those Oscar Castro-Neves has achieved. Renowned as a composer and arranger for his sophisticated harmonic concepts and the exquisite texture and color of his orchestrations, he is equally well known for his distinctive guitar style and as an accomplished record producer who has worked with dozens of major artists in a wide range of jazz, popular, Brazilian and classical idioms.
Famed jazz critic Leonard Feather wrote of Oscar, "The crystalline beauty of his arrangements is matched by the rare delicacy with which they are interpreted. Castro-Neves is incapable of creating a dull moment, but that is an understatement: He is only capable of generating rhythmic, harmonic and melodic joy."
Oscar was born May 15, 1940, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of triplets in a highly musical family. Along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto and a handful of other young composers, he emerged in the early 1960s as one of the founding figures of the musical movement that became known worldwide as Bossa Nova. His first instrument was the cavaquinho, the small Brazilian guitar used in such traditional styles as choro. He soon added the piano and classical guitar to his repertoire and began performing with his three brothers -- pianist Mário, bassist Iko and drummer Léo.
At the tender age of just sixteen, Oscar's first recorded song, "Chora Tua Tristeza," became a national hit in Brazil and generated over fifty covers recorded by various artists. In the studio, he recorded historic albums with the music's biggest names, including Vinicius de Moraes, the poet laureate of the bossa movement; Dorival Caymmi, the godfather of Bahian-rooted Afro-Brazilian sounds; and the soon to be famous female vocal group Quarteto em Cy.
In 1962, a year before "The Girl From Ipanema" became a Top 10 hit, he helped lead the Bossa Nova invasion of the U.S., playing a central role as a performer and accompanist for other noted Brazilian musicians at the historic presentation of Brazil's new music at Carnegie Hall.
"I drink from many founts," Oscar says metaphorically, explaining his insatiable desire to explore the widest possible realm of music influences.
On "All One", his current release, as he has demonstrated throughout his career, the logic of his artistic wanderlust becomes abundantly clear once again. The album documents the inherent music genius that has made Oscar Castro-Neves one of the world's most complete musicians of his generation.
Reference/Fonte - Clique Musica
Tradução - Humberto Amorim