DONNY MCCASLIN

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A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Donny McCaslin (born Donald Paul McCaslin) has had a saxophone in his hands from his earliest years and has integrated the entire range of sounds that a tenor sax can produce into his repertoire: from mainstream modern to funky fusion to laid-back balmy ballads, all flavored with his own experimental style. McCaslin's father originally taught high-school English but favored being a jazz musician, playing the vibraphone and piano in local gigs with young McCaslin in the audience. When he was only 12 years old, McCaslin joined his father's group. By the time he was in high school he had formed his own band, and was selected to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival for three years in a row. During high school he also performed with an eight-piece salsa band, and spent much time at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, where nationally read more...
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MOTEMA MUSIC, LLC 2017
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GreenLeaf Music 2012
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Sunny Side 2006
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GreenLeaf Music 2015
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The Way ThroughThe Way Through
Arabesque Recordings 2003
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Arabesque Recordings 2009
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Naxos Jazz 1998
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DeclarationDeclaration
Sunny Side 2009
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DONNY MCCASLIN Exile And Discovery album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exile And Discovery
Post Bop 1998
DONNY MCCASLIN Seen from Above album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Seen from Above
Fusion 2000
DONNY MCCASLIN Lan Xang : Hiden Garden album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lan Xang : Hiden Garden
Post Bop 2000
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The Way Through
Post Bop 2003
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Give And Go
Post Bop 2006
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Soar
Post Bop 2006
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In Pursuit
Post Bop 2007
DONNY MCCASLIN Recommended Tools album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Recommended Tools
Post Bop 2008
DONNY MCCASLIN Declaration album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Declaration
Post Bop 2009
DONNY MCCASLIN Perpetual Motion album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Perpetual Motion
Fusion 2011
DONNY MCCASLIN Casting for Gravity album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Casting for Gravity
Fusion 2012
DONNY MCCASLIN Fast Future album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Fast Future
Fusion 2015
DONNY MCCASLIN Beyond Now album cover 4.95 | 2 ratings
Beyond Now
Eclectic Fusion 2016
DONNY MCCASLIN Blow. album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Blow.
Jazz Related Rock 2018

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Head of Mine / Tokyo
Nu Jazz 2019

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DONNY MCCASLIN Perpetual Motion

Album · 2011 · Fusion
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Recorded last year, but released this January, Perpetual Motion was for me the first sign that 2011 could be a remarkable year for jazz (long fulfilled prediction since). Right now, it's slipping a bit from my top, shrouded by more excentric albums, but I feel this could otherwise be a dandy listen for many. Anyone familiar with who's played alongside Dave Douglas, Gil Evans, Uri Caine or David Binney (the last two with "cameos" hereon) in the past decade should know about McCaslin. Besides, the dominant fervor on this album sound akin to Mike Stern's electric hits.

It may be hasty to insinuate after all (as I did earlier) that this album would be conventional; it's as lively and exciting as (a) nu-jazz can be these days. Patched furthermore: funk caprices, high or heated pitches that smooth into soul, ambient or electri-electro charges (the first track's kick, much in the vein of Elephant9) and a dangerous small dose of elevator jazz.

A first great half becomes even greater when McCaslin (or the whole bunch!) expresses itself more picaresque, with only bits of melody or with themes that can't be caught from the start ("Claire", "Energy Generation"). Likewise, I like it when Adam Benjamin comes only with light vapors of fusion - although, in the end, he goes for the harsh, wobbly Fender calibre, too. On "Firefly", the sax takes over the guitar's reflections (learned from Abercrombie) with matching sensibility, followed up by an equally insoluble and slightly caustic electronic infuse. When Caine ends with a solo ballad (slight imitiations of Corea or Hancock in it), something unrelated to anything before, you suddenly get the chill that all of the pieces were actually of a momentary nature, whether zealous or, though not as often, engulfing..

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