A heartfelt thanks to: Sharon Green, Tom Saberi, Lisa Star, Ray Cooper, Leslie Ann Jones, Dann Thompson, Robert Gatley, Michael Altman, Tom Carlson, Bill Conklin and Conklin Guitars, Fred Bolton and Bee Basses, Alex Watson and Watson Guitars, Kai Eckhardt, Mark Wright & AcuGroove, Jill Knight, Caroline Aiken, Stew McKinsey, Chris "C3" Cardone, Eric "Doc" Smith, Evan Sheely adn Bass Northwest, Massoud Baddakshan and Haight-Ashbury Music, Reinhard Jedamzik of Delano Pickups, Circle K Strings, APC instruments, and Skywalker Sound.
Photography by Sharon Green www.sharongreenphoto.com CD Package design: Alicia Buelow www.aliciabuelow.com
Edo would like to thank all of the talented musicians who contributed to "Sacred Graffiti": Al Caldwell, Michael Manring, David Friesen, Percy Jones, Mark Isham, Steve Erquiaga, Richard Gee, Chris Stafford, Mark Bernfield, Jonathan Moe, Alex Aspinall, Erik Lindquist, Dan Zinn, Chris Cardone, Ray Cooper, Dray Pryor and Savannah Jo Lack.
All music was written/composed by Edo Castro except for: "All In" written by Eric "Doc" Smith with Edgetone Records. Arranged by Edo Castro.
"Sneaky Pete" was composed and arranged by Richard Gee, Chris Stafford, Mark Bernfield, Edo Castro
Vinyl Record Needle Lift courtesy of Joedeshon from Freesound (www.freesound.org)
Produced by Ray Cooper and Lisa Star for Passion Star Records
Associate Producers: Thomas Saberi and Sharon Green
Editing: Dann Thompson, Robert Gatley, and Ray Cooper
Engineered by: Leslie Ann Jones, Assistant Engineers: Dann Thompson and Robert Gatley. "A Travel Lodge Moment" by Ari Rios, "Sacred Graffiti" by Chris "C3" Cardone, "When the Stars Fell on You" by Ray Cooper.
Mixed by Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound in Nicasio, CA.
Sound Design: Edo Castro and Ray Cooper
Mastered by Ray Cooper at Passion Star Music, Larkspur, CA
"Speak to the Children of Israel and bid them that they make fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and that they put upon the fringe of each corner a thread of blue (tekhelet). And it shall be for you as a fringe, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of G-d, and do them..."
Born in San Francisco to mother Aida Saberi, Edo was an only child from Aida’s first marriage. Later Aida remarried and had two more sons, Thomas & Ted Saberi. Edo attended Grattan Elementary, Herbert Hoover Junior High and J. Eugene McAteer High schools, all in the city by the bay. Edo grew up during the tumultuous 60s, where from an early age he was exposed to a myriad of musical styles, listening not only to rock and roll and R&B, but classical music, folk and jazz. His first Jazz albums were given to him by his late Uncle, recording engineer pioneer Reice Hamel. From these, Edo was first exposed to and smitten by the sounds of Vince Giraldi, Hugh Masekela, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Ramsey Lewis and Paul Desmond. Edo initially studied piano and violin. But when a friend suggested that he try the electric bass, he knew he had found his instrument and did everything he could to immerse himself in it, seeking out and learning whatever he could from whoever would take the time to teach him.
Edo’s formative years were spent developing his skills in various funk, jazz and rock bands in the Bay Area and Chicago. In the late 70’s Edo studied and Performed with Lou Harrison and Gamelan Si Betty. This led to one of his first compositions for American Gamelan being published by Lou Harrison. Since his return to the Bay Area in 1990, Edo has worked on 20 CD projects and has performed/recorded with David Amram, Mark Walker, Hassan Kahn , Pete Cosey, Roy Haynes, Fareed Haque, David Onderdonk, Ed Thigpen, Johnny Griffin, Joel Harrison, Jim Trompeter, Ian Doogle, Deborah Winters, Jill Knight, Paul Van Wageningen, Caroline Aiken, Dan Zinn, Bethany Pickens, Michael LaMacchia, Armando Peraza, Caren Armstrong, Percy Howard, Mike Molenda, Stuart Hamm, Lorn Leber, Michael Manring, Mark Egan, Yves Carbonne, and David Friesen. Edo’s fan base stretches the globe (with sales in Norway, Switzerland, Germany, France, Japan, Spain, Argentina, Italy and England) where he has found praise and recognition for his unique musical talents and his joyous and transfixing compositions, and recognized internationally for his rare proficiency on several varieties of the extended-range bass. Edo is an endorser of Conklin Basses, Bee Basses and AccuGroove Cabinets.