The composer of bossa nova classics like "O Barquinho," "Ah, Se Eu Pudesse," "Errinho à Tôa," "Nós e o Mar," "Rio," "Você," and "Vagamente," Roberto Menescal has, since the mid-'60s, been listed among the most celebrated and active composer-guitarists in Brazilian jazz history. 1965's The Boy from Ipanema Beach showcased his playing style on bossa standards by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes with "Desafinado," "Girl from Ipanema," and "Samba Verao." For the remainder of the decade, he was an arranger and record producer for PolyGram, producing for the tropicalistas Maria Bethânia, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Jorge Ben Jor, and Caetano Veloso. After his 1985 hit Um Cantinho, Um Violão, Menescal founded his own label, Albatroz, in the mid-'90s. He collaborated with vocalist Wanda Sá on four albums in the latter half of the decade ...
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