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Mario Castro / Press

"The saxophonist's album is juicy with melody and has a vision. It's ambitious: There are string arrangements, vocal numbers and a handful of "star turns" by saxophonists David Sanchez, Dave Liebman and Casey Benjamin, the latter on vocoder. Castro keeps it all in order; the music is as accessible as it is soulful. It has a tropical feeling about it. It floats and dances, elegant. At the core of the album is his working quintet, which includes the combustive drummer Jonathan Pinson. Castro is 26, one of a crop of young saxophonists to watch. "

"Castro's Estrella de Mar sticks with you. The saxophonist plays with a sophistication that doesn't skimp on the soul, but his composing and arranging for strings show enough restraint that he didn't let the connotative heft weigh things down. Castro knows what he's doing, carrying and shaping the energy of the music as he goes. From the moment the album gallops in with "", Estrella de Mar has your attention and it doesn't let go until Castro is through."

"The saxophonist's album is juicy with melody and has a vision. It's ambitious: There are string arrangements, vocal numbers and a handful of "star turns" by saxophonists David Sanchez, Dave Liebman and Casey Benjamin, the latter on vocoder. Castro keeps it all in order; the music is as accessible as it is soulful. It has a tropical feeling about it. It floats and dances, elegant. At the core of the album is his working quintet, which includes the combustive drummer Jonathan Pinson. Castro is 26, one of a crop of young saxophonists to watch. "

“There’s a swing in these songs that make it a Latin Jazz album, but there’s "some indescribable ‘something else’ there [too]. It’s in the energy and flow, and there’s rarely a dull moment... this album is modestly, sneakily large.... an altogether outstanding album.””

"His music is expressed so cohesively, with a sense of exploration and a sort of "sensual inteligence" which proves to be true musical poetry."