Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Edward Blanco
Live at Blue Note Tokyo is a celebration of Brazilian jazz played in one of the foremost jazz clubs in the world - a gathering of old friends and the discovery of new friends, all coming together for legendary guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves. A founding father of the bossa nova musical movement, Castro-Neves became a leading figure in the genre, recording historic albums with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dori Caymmi and Stan Getz, and touring with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald and countless others. On this outing, the guitarist/singer brings together percussionist Airto Moreira and vocalist Leila Pinheiro, both old friends, for an exciting collaboration with new musical partners to record a gem of Brazilian music.
The music is a compilation of performances recorded over a seven-night 2009 stretch at the Blue Note Tokyo jazz club, and features an all-star cast of Brazilian musicians playing three of Castro-Neves' own compositions, as well as songs from Jobim, Moreira, Baden Powell and others. The album was meant to capture only a snapshot of the incredible bossa music produced over the last fifty years. Needless to say, though the fourteen-piece repertoire is diverse, exciting and engaging, it in no way sufficiently documents the history of this great genre with such worldwide appeal. Nevertheless, from the strings of Castro-Neves' guitar, the lips of Pinheiro, and passionate performances from the band, Brazil comes alive with beautiful bossa melodies. ... read more...
Personnel: Oscar Castro-Neves (vocals, guitars, acoustic guitar, guitar synthesizer); Airto Moreira (vocals, drums, pandeiro, caxixi); Leila Pinheiro (vocals).
Recording information: Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan (04/26/2009-05/01/2009).
Photographer: Marco Mancini.