Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (3 stars)

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now

Energetic post-bop from New York saxophonist and Bowie's last bandleader

Donny McCaslin shot to fame as the bandleader on David Bowie's magnificent swan song, Blackstar. For his own group's latest album, the New York saxophonist has dug deep into the Thin White Duke's songbook, reworking 'A Small Plot Of Land' from 1995's underrated 1. Outside, and the monumental 'Warszawa' from 1977's Low. Featuring Jeff Taylor on vocals, the former provides an intriguing glimpse of what further Bowie/McCaslin collaborations might have sounded like, while the latter is imaginatively reworked as brooding ambient jazz. McCaslin's originals are energetic affairs, combining post-bop blowing with funk synths and a rock attack.

Out now on Motéma Music.

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