San Diego, California, may think they’ve cornered the market on Gilbert Castellanos, but to those who have heard Castellanos perform as a member of the Diana Krall Big Band, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Anthony Wilson Nonet, or with a gazillion other top-notch jazz artists, San Diego’s secret is definitely out!
Winning scholarships to both Berklee College of Music and the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, Castellanos is no stranger to music. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a professional musician, playing jazz since the age of 12. Having played and recorded with the most renowned jazz performers of our time such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Hayden, and Poncho Sanchez to name a very few, Castellanos ranks among the nation’s best jazz trumpeters. Now with the international debut of Castellanos’ new CD, Underground, on Seedling Records, the rest of the world can find out for themselves what critics are saying about this trumpeter’s imaginative genius.
A truly gifted pairing, Castellanos and long time co-conspirator, pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, feed off one another like Evans and La Faro, while drummer Kevin Kanner lends an intense concentration to the mix. Round out the groove with core bassman Harish Raghavan, and players Anthony Wilson on guitar and tenor saxman Tom Catanzaro, and Castellanos emerges as a definitive leader with Underground, a truly sophisticated exploration.
In stores on June 27, 2006 or available through a link on Castellanos’ website, Underground is filled with blazing, upbeat tempos and compelling ballads you’d be foolish to miss out on.