Jazz Appreciation Society
Donny McCaslin & band - Bimhuis (Amsterdam)
It was a Sunday night in November when I took a trip with Donny McCaslin. David Bowie’s saxophone player on Blackstar: the last album of the Thin White Duke that was both a comeback and a requiem.
Like many in the audience I was introduced to Donny McCaslin via his work on Blackstar (the best poprecord of 2016). In the Bowie songs "Lazarus" and "Look Back In Anger" McCaslin brought back what was gone so suddenly at the start of this year. His saxophone both a testament to Bowie's music (the soundtrack of a lifetime) and an incarnation of Bowie's voice.
His band a powerhouse, a vessel of energy, impossible to resist. But much to his own merit, it were his own songs that convinced just as much if not most.
It was an evening that brought me to one handshake from David Bowie. McCaslin, extremely nice despite a gigantic sleep deprivation, was kindly speaking to everyone who wanted their CD signed. I was almost the last in a long queue with a phone that was almost dead. With the last bit of battery I was able to take this picture. It made this grown man as happy as a child.
Hope to hear more of Donny McCaslin in the (near) future.
On Blue Monday 2018 the Jazz Appreciation Society saw the light of day in bar RADIJS in the Amsterdam Westside. RADIJS (radish), place of conception, vegetable with a bite, an icon that we use on this website (wholly arbitrary) to express our appreciation for records and concerts.
Click the blue radish to go to the reviews on books.