Playful Heart

Playful Heart

by Oscar Castro-Neves



The beloved Brazilian guitar legend's resumé is so chock-full of varied musical experiences -- jazz, pop, film scoring, ten years with Sergio Mendes -- that his brilliant solo efforts can't help but include informal homages to different eras of his life. He starts out here getting straight to the heart of the matter, paying tribute to his fellow countryman Antonio Carlos Jobim with a self-contained plucky guitar/vocal duet of "Waters of March," which includes spirited scat passages. He moves into samba mode for a lively medley of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker tunes, "Groovin' High/Whispering," deferring to Toots Thielemans' always engaging harmonica for melody as he harmonizes gently; then they switch roles. His other medley is a wilder, more percussive mix of a standard and an original, "Lorry's Swing/Autumn Leaves." Mixing modes, tempos, and moods, he mines standards ("Watch What Happens," "My Foolish Heart") and Brazilian classics (more by Jobim and Luiz Bonfá), and offers a dreamy take on "The Fool on the Hill," the Beatles song that Mendes made a famous cover of. No matter the rhythm pattern, outside percussion influence, or ensemble contribution (Don Grusin and Gary Meek make notable contributions), the soul of each tune is Castro-Neves' precise, melodic strings. From the diversity of this disc, it's clear he has a lot of beautiful memories to play with.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203101128
catalogNumber: 31011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar Castro-Neves   Primary Artist
Don Grusin   Piano
Gary Meek   Woodwind
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Carlos Del Rosario   Bass,Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Jimmy Giuffre   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Don Grusin   Engineer
Lucio Dalla   Composer
Oscar Castro-Neves   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Richard H. Coburn   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Jacques Demy   Composer
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Stix Hooper   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Yutaka Yokokura   Engineer
Victor Young   Composer
Matt Carter   Engineer
John Schonberger   Composer

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