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“Gilbert Castellanos w/ Azar Lawrence and Alphonse Mouzon at 98 Bottles: This concert tribute to John Coltrane was volcanic and loud, thanks to the explosive dynamics of legendary drummer Mouzon. Lawrence -- the veteran of Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner ensembles -- pulled the considerable energy of Castellanos’ trumpet, Hamilton Price’s bass and Joshua White’s piano into an ecstatic vortex.”
"Recognized as a new American master by Downbeat magazine, Castellanos has established himself as one of the nation’s most inventive improvisers"
“SD Artist of the Year Plays Intimate, Weekly Show. ...Bringing in different world-class players each week, without rehearsal (and often without charts) enables Castellanos and his comrades the opportunity to communicate at the highest level -- without a net -- the interior content of melded individual expression.”
“Castellanos tops San Diego Music Awards. The jazz trumpet luminary wins three awards at 23rd annual awards fete.”
“The busy trumpeter took home three trophies at the October 2013 San Diego Music Awards, including Artist of the Year, Best Jazz Album (Federal Jazz Project), and Best Jazz.”
“CASTELLANOS WINS BIG AT THE SDMA 10: First time an Artist of the Year goes to a jazz musician.”
“CASTELLANOS SALUTES DINAH WASHINGTON & CLARK TERRY: The intrepid horn man even engaged in a horn battle with himself.”
“The funky riff-fest featured one of several great solos from trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos...”
“[Castellanos] plays with élan, evincing a more individual, ever-large sound offering hard swinging, often ear-grabbing solos…[proving] that music with deep roots in jazz’s glorious ’50s and ’60s can sound completely contemporary today.”