McCaslin & Associates @ the Vanguard

The molten prog that Donny McCaslin and the bulk of his current foursome brings to the Thin White Duke’s keenly abstract and rightly ballyhooed Blackstar is the result of requisite agility, free thinking and deep musicianship. But enough about jop, let’s get to the pazz. The intrepid saxophonist’s 2015 joint Fast Future (Greenleaf) signaled a shift towards the kind of cinematic funk that squeezes tension into every measure of a performance. On top rides the boss, surfing the beats with that mighty tenor and aiming towards the spot where frenzy reaps lots of visceral rewards and aggression is forever top dog. Keep an ear on the way keybster Jason Lindner casts insightful hues on all the action. Plus: the rhythm section destroys.

Village Vanguard – all week, Jan 19-24

Village Voice

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