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Perpetual Motion

by Donny McCaslin

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Claire 11:20
Firefly 09:13
L.Z.C.M. 07:06
For Someone 03:13


Following the sparse tenor trio album Recommended Tools (Greenleaf, 2008), Perpetual Motion is a 180° turn for McCaslin. Never sounding more confident, McCaslin delves into angular post-bop, blistering polyphonic funk, backbeat-driven R&B, and delicate, ethereal balladry, all without compromising his distinct compositional voice.

Electronic elements are well-represented here: Adam Benjamin conjures the Rings of Saturn with his highly modulated Fender Rhodes, bassist Tim Lefebvre punches sub-octave squarewave fuzz, and producer David Binney contributes his own synth sonics occasionally. All of this on a bed of deep drum grooves—that duty split between the masterful Antonio Sanchez and Mark Guiliana. Guest musician Uri Caine makes appearances as well, contributing his unique Fender Rhodes and piano playing to the tracks including the emphatic record closer.


released January 25, 2011

Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone
Adam Benjamin, fender rhodes & piano (Tracks 1-7, 9)
Tim Lefebvre, electric bass
Antonio Sanchez, drums (Tracks 1-5)
Mark Guiliana, drums (Tracks 6-9)
Uri Caine, fender rhodes (Tracks 4, 10) and fender rhodes and piano (Track 8)
David Binney, alto saxophone & electronics

Production Credits:
Producer: David Binney
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Recorded September 2010 at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Mike Marciano
Art & Design by Jennifer Boyd, Brij Design

All songs composed by Donny McCaslin, McCaslin Music, BMI, except:
"East Bay Grit" by Uri Caine, Tim Lefebvre, and Mark Guiliana (UriCainemusic BMI, Fabre Music BMI, HEERNT Music BMI)
"Impossible Machine" by David Binney and Donny McCaslin (beenknee music SESAC & McCaslin Music BMI)
"For Someone" by Uri Caine (UriCainemusic BMI)

Sheet music is available for seven McCaslin originals on this album. Purchase lead sheets as PDFs here:


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Donny McCaslin New York, New York

As the bandleader on David Bowie's final album Blackstar, saxophonist Donny McCaslin collaborated with the Starman to carry forward his penchant for reinvention. With his upcoming studio album 'Blow.' — a daring fusion of vibrant electronica, and bombastic art-rock due this fall — McCaslin applied that mindset to his own work, pushing his music in a bold new direction. ... more


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