The Phoenix is Rising
The â€œPhoenix â€œ risesâ€¦ May, 2006 Edo Castroâ€™s new album, Phoenix, follows his first successful release entitled simply â€œEdoâ€. Castro explains, â€œThe name Phoenix is not only a beautiful name, it's also the mythical representation of change or transformation. I was in a music store one day when I heard the first phrases of the song â€œSan Lorenzoâ€ from Pat Methenyâ€™s White Album. I was mesmerized, time stood still and I found myself in another space. Phoenix is about transforming personal moments.â€ â€œIn addition,â€ he adds, â€œthe material on this album provides the listener with an experience of how I work â€” capturing something â€˜in the momentâ€™. I turn my equipment on and strap on a bass with no intent except to explore musical ideas. That's how I came up with my arrangement on the album for â€˜Amazing Graceâ€™. I didn't start out thinking I was going to make an arrangement â€” it just happened.â€ Many wonderful musicians are featured on this album including Mark Egan, former bassist with Pat Metheny, who has played on over 100 albums and is a guest artist on Phoenix. Edo Castro is an accomplished composer who just happens to play bass. His artistry elevates the sounds from these unique, fretted and fretless multi-stringed basses into a palate from which intricate compositions flow â€” beckoning the listener to embark on an amazing and moving journey. In the last 15 years, he has contributed to over 20 albums, successfully released his debut album, Edo, after 7 years in the making and is fond of performing and recording with local Bay Area musicians. His work is currently featured on many internet radio stations and music sites such as attenspanradio.com and smoothjazz.com and his interview in Bassics magazine this year included â€œTrack 1 (46 West)â€ from his first CD, Edo, in the attached compilation CD. Edoâ€™s fan base stretches the globe where he has found praise and recognition for his unique musical talents and his joyous and transfixing compositions.