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Donny McCaslin

Donny McCaslin

Rather than focus on one genre, tenor saxophonist and composer Donny McCaslin reconciles diverse stylistic idioms like post-bop, fusion, Latin and the avant-garde into a singular aesthetic on Seen From Above (Arabesque), his second album as leader.

After playing in so many different settings, ranging from Danilo Perez’s Latin jazz groups to Steps Ahead’s progressive fusion, McCaslin could have easily patched together a CD with a tune from each genre. “For me, it’s not so much about the particular idiom,” comments the New York City-based McCaslin, but “it’s how to bring all those influences together in a coherent language.”

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