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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

Oscar Castro-Neves

By Ernest Barteldes
Published March 16, 2007

All One
Mack Avenue 1026

Oscar Castro-Neves is a living legend in the realm of bossa nova, having recorded with the likes of Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Ella Fitzgerald. On this album he revisits some classic tunes and some new ones. On his “Morrer De Amor (I Live To Love You),” a hit for Sarah Vaughan in the ’60s, Luciana Souza sings accompanied by Neves’ subtle guitar playing. Castro-Neves pays tribute to the masters by offering his own nuanced take on John Coltrane’s “Naima” and Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight,” and steps up to the mike to lend his voice to Nat “King” Cole’s “The Very Thought Of You.” Another track that must be heard is “Double Rainbow (Chovendo Na Roseira),” an often overlooked Jobim composition which admirably showcases the talents of the musicians who performed on the album. The title track (a Castro-Neves original), meanwhile, precisely blends elements of funk with northern Brazilian percussion.