Roberto Menescal and Ricardo Silveira share birthdays today, October 25th, so musical best wishes to a pair of cross-generational guitar masters. Bossa Nova legend Roberto Menescal was born in 1937 and Brazilian Jazz visionary Ricardo Silveira in 1955.
by Scott Adams
Menescal’s songwriting has been prolific, especially during Bossa Nova’s heyday in Brazil. Listed among his many hit songs are ‘O Barquinho’, ‘Você’, ‘Nós e O Mar’ and ‘Rio’.
He helped to launch the musical careers of Zizi Possi and Wanda Sa and he redefined Emilio Santiago’s career with a series of popular recordings under the ‘Aquarela Brasileira’ banner. Menescal also owned Rio’s most successful Bossa Nova label, Albatroz Musica.
Menescal also played a pivotal role in the career of vocalist Leila Pinheiro when the two recorded Bossa Nova’s most successful album in Brazil.
Benção Bossa Nova is the only Bossa Nova record to ever go gold in Brazil, and its popularity brought Leila Pinheiro and her producer Roberto Menescal to all points on the map in Brazil, as well as Venezuela and Japan.
The tour continued worldwide, reaching more than 140 concerts and capturing audiences everywhere.
Ricardo Silveira has earned a reputation as one of Rio’s most admired and respected international musicians. Born in Rio, Ricardo grew up listening to Bossa Nova, Samba and jazz.
He began serious guitar study at age sixteen and is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied alongside jazz greats Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell.
Silveira has played guitar on hundreds of recordings over his long career and has recorded with such notables as Milton Nascimento, Vanessa Williams, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Marcos Ariel and Ivan Lins, who joined Ricardo Silveira in the recording of Alexandra Jackson’s Legacy and Alchemy album. Watch an exclusive video interview with Ricardo Silveira.
Roberto Menescal and Ricardo Silveira are musical talents that span generations, styles and borders! Enjoy the tunes below.