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Donny McCaslin: Soar

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The congas-and-tenor conversation that opens Soar kicks things off in high gear. “Tanya,” a Panamanian folk song, is marked by some remarkably fast tonguing from tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who doesn’t seem to break for air throughout the song’s three minutes. Conguero Pernell Saturnino fuels the fire, too, as he does on most of the disc. But despite Saturnino’s presence, and the wordless vocals of Luciana Souza acting as a second instrument on half the album, Soar is less a Latin jazz album than an album with Latin elements that doesn’t lend itself to easy description. Time is better spent listening than analyzing anyway.

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