A legend in the Bossa Nova world, surprisingly, Oscar Castro-Neves does not have that many cd's currently available. This is too bad, since this album is outstanding. If you are a fan of Bossa Nova, this album is a must. The XRCD format truly shines in this release. The engineering is so spacious and natural, you have to wonder if audiophile recordings get any better. The guitar plucks, and the impact of the percussion is full and present. It just goes to show that you don't need an SACD player to get master tape sound, as long as you have top notch engineering and remastering.
Excellent album of Wilson das Neves, genius of jazz and bossa brazilian which enlightens us with his music and his style.
Oscar Castro-Neves' virtuosity in all areas of musical expression have led the Rio native into a multi faceted career which has included being one of the founding forces of the early 60s bossa nova movement, as well as a player, writer, arranger or producer for some of the hottest pop and jazz artists over the last 30 years (Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald) and a composer/orchestrator for film and television. His third JVC album More Than Yesterday is as diverse and dynamic as the artist himself, thirteen solid tunes dedicated to his wife and employing his trademark acoustic as well as a Midi nylong strong electric guitar.
Love, Strings and Jobim is a 1966 album by various Brazilian artists who play new Brazilian songs by various composers. Because Antonio Carlos Jobim is pictured on the cover and mentioned in the title, he has been and continues to be credited to be the performing artist on the album. Jobim does not appear on the album except as a composer. The original Brazilian title of this album is "Tom Jobim Apresenta" and it appeared on the Elenco label.
Excellent work from Flora Purim – one of the wonderful west coast bits of Braziliana recorded in the Fantasy Records studios during the mid 70s! The record's a perfect example of the greatness that arose when Brazil's best talents had the chance to work with some of America's best jazz and fusion players – a sublime fusion of talents that resulted in a groove that would dominate the west coast scene for most of the 70s. In this case, Flora's backed by a great group that includes Hadley Caliman, Oscar Castro-Neves, Carlos Santana, Ron Carter, George Duke, Earl Klugh, and Airto – and the set includes a great choice of breezy numbers, perfect for Flora's vocals, like "Vera Cruz", "Silver Sword", "Casa Forte", "Mountain Train", and "Search For Peace".