While no-one was watching, music had gone post-Bowie

That’s literally what Donny McCaslin‘s latest LP is all about.

Working with Bowie seems to have made such an impression on this prolific free jazz saxophonist, that they went and recorded another Bowie album without Bowie. Or with Bowie still with them, inside their minds and hearts.

Released on October 14th, Beyond Now is indeed a record made by the complete backing band (drummer Mark Guiliana, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and keyboardist Jason Lindner — thank you, Allmusic) which was present and working with Bowie on his marvellous Blackstar self-requem. Beside featuring two grand Bowie covers, A Small Plot of Land (original here) and Warszawa (original here), the title track seems to tell us about Bowie himself, and the eerie sounds highly reminisce those on 2016 Bowie masterpiece.

A highly recommended listen from me, 9/10 (yup, that’s one blank star more than what I gave for Blackstar initially). Come on, it got me writing this after months of a blogging break. Try it.

Donny McCaslinBeyond Now
★★★★☆

I would have gladly shared the song called Glory, as the dynamics in that piece will make your ears cry with joy. However, it doesn’t seem to be available on Youtube, therefore consider starting from the beginning and going beyond now.

Presenting to you, Shake Loose.

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R.I.P. David Bowie

I can’t believe it. I just woke up this morning and he’s dead.

We already lost Chris Squire and Lemmy. Who’s next? Roger Waters? Ian Anderson? Chick Corea? Linda Hoyle?

I am devastated.

David BowieBlackstar
★★★★

About his new album: you’ve got to listen to it. That is all.

“In your status line, list 10 albums that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.”

David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
King CrimsonIn the Court of the Crimson King
Dire StraitsDire Straits
Deep PurpleMachine Head
UFO – UFO 2: Flying
Mahavishnu OrchestraThe Inner Mounting Flame
ELPTarkus
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Blind FaithBlind Faith
Uriah HeepDemons and Wizards