Donny McCaslin: Eventual
Donny McCaslin (tenor sax)
Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music)
Donny McCaslin (tenor sax),
Hans Glawischnig (bass), Johnathan Blake (drums).
Composed by Donny McCaslin.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, February 27-28, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Donny McCaslin is a saxophone force to be reckoned with! His astute use of his instrument's various timbres and attacks sets him apart amongst today's plethora of saxophonists. Here he takes a staccato- stepped piece and, with the able assistance of his simpatico accompanists, forms a crescendo-building musical tour de force that showcases his fertile improvisational talents while retaining an unerring sense of melody. He is especially in sync with drummer Blake, who demonstrates an intuitive conversational ability to communicate with McCaslin as Glawischnig keeps the piece together with his grounded basslines. It's easy to see why my fellow Jazz.com reviewers have found McCaslin's work so compelling. After remaining somewhat in the shadow of other people's musical adventures as a sought-after sideman, McCaslin has emerged in full daylight on this important release as a creative improviser of the first order as well as a formidable leader/composer.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello