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Oscar Castro-Neves Dies at 73

guitar-guyBossa Nova guitarist and orchestrator Oscar Castro-Neves died last week in Los Angeles at the age of 73. Castro-Neves was famous from the age of 16 on and toured with Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz as well as orchestrated music for films and TV. Oscar Castro-Neves was a Brazil-born guitarist who helped to create the cool, sensuous rhythms of bossa nova and orchestrated music for movies including “L.A. Story” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

Castro-Neves, who was noted for both his virtuosity and his impish sense of humor, toured with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. For 10 years, he was guitarist, musical director and vocal coach for Sergio Mendes’ Brasil ’66 and went on to produce albums by luminaries as varied as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans.


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