NY Times Reviews Donny McCaslin at the Village Vanguard


Review: Donny McCaslin’s Quartet, Fresh Off the Release of Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’

From the NY Times:

Donny McCaslin dedicated an untitled new song at the Village Vanguard on Sunday night to someone he said had been a great influence in his life, “someone who recently passed away.” The song, which began in a hush, sounded faintly familiar: The brooding dignity of its melody, carried by Mr. McCaslin on tenor saxophone against a spooky stir of keyboards, bass and drums, evoked the mood of David Bowie’s last album, “Blackstar.”

The picture soon widened as Mr. McCaslin and his crew turned the piece into a rugged expedition, its heavy momentum tripped up only by the occasional molasses glob of dub rhythm. By the end of the tune, the band had ratcheted up to a heroic exertion, prompting a full-throated cheer from the capacity crowd. (Read more at nytimes.com)

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