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Perpetual Motion

by Donny McCaslin

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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.

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released January 25, 2011

Personnel:
Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone
Adam Benjamin, fender rhodes & piano
Uri Caine, piano and fender rhodes
Tim Lefebvre, electric bass
Antonio Sanchez, drums
Mark Guiliana, drums
David Binney, alto saxophone & electronics

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

Sheet music is available for seven McCaslin originals on this album. Download the lead sheets as PDFs here: bit.ly/SM_PerpetualMotion

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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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