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Bossa Nova Guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves Dies at 73

Brazilian musician also produced, composed and arranged

Toots Thielemans with Kenny Werner and Oscar Castro-Neves
Oscar Castro-Neves

Oscar Castro-Neves, a Brazilian guitarist who was instrumental in the development of that country’s bossa nova style, died in Los Angeles on Sept. 27. He was 73 and the cause was cancer. Castro-Neves had lived permanently in the United States since 1971.

A composer, producer and arranger as well as instrumentalist, Castro-Neves was often praised for his sophisticated harmonies and complex rhythms on his chosen instrument. He recorded several albums as a leader and also contributed to projects by Stan Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Winter and Sergio Mendes, whose group Brasil ’66 utilized Castro-Neves for 10 years (1971-81) as guitarist and musical director.

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