Oscar Castro-Neves

Oscar Castro-Neves

born on 15/5/1940 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

died on 27/9/2013 in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Oscar Castro-Neves

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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

  • 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

With David Darling

  • Cycles (ECM, 1981)

With Eliane Elias

  • Brazilian Classics (2003)
  • Eliane Elias Sings Jobim (1998)
  • The Three Americas (1996)
  • Dreamer (2004)
  • Bossa Nova Stories (2008)
  • Light My Fire (2011)
  • I Thought About You (2013)

With Edu Lobo

  • Sergio Mendes Presents Lobo (A&M, 1970)

With Sérgio Mendes and Pelé (album)

  • Pelé (Atlantic, 1970)

With Gerald Wilson

  • New York, New Sound (Mack Avenue, 2003)

With Billie Hughes

  • "Dream Master (album)" (Epic Records, 1979)


  1. ^ Morre Oscar Castro Neves (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Jazz Review Archived 2006-12-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Morre Oscar Castro Neves (in Portuguese)

External links

  • Oscar Castro-Neves – official site
  • Oscar Castro-Neves discography at Discogs
  • Oscar Castro-Neves on IMDb
  • Oscar Castro-Neves – obituary
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