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Donny McCaslin: I Want More

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Donny McCaslin: I Want More
Donny McCaslin's album, I Want More, is a captivating and boundary-breaking release which highlights the saxophonist composer's innovative musical approach. Building on his previous collaborations and experiences, McCaslin ventures into uncharted territory by seamlessly fusing elements of electronica, post-rock, jazz, and improv. The result is a genre-defying sound which pushes the boundaries, and showcases McCaslin's prowess in creating a dynamic and studio-driven sonic experience. Drawing inspiration from contemporary electronic music, this album introduces new listeners to the captivating world of modern jazz, offering a fresh and exhilarating perspective on the genre.

In 2012, McCaslin released Casting For Gravity, a groundbreaking album which earned him a 2014 Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Jazz Solo." This record marked his initial exploration of integrating electronica and electronic dance music (EDM) into jazz, setting the stage for his subsequent releases. Each album since has followed suit, pushing the boundaries even further, especially in terms of production techniques and artistic expression. While I Want More, showcases a significant influence from EDM, the essence of jazz remains at its core. The album presents a redefined form of jazz, infused with the spirit of EDM, resulting in a unique and innovative sound.

The album kicks off with "Stria," a captivating track which sets the tone for the rest of the album. The interplay between McCaslin's tenor saxophone, Jason Lindner's synthesizers & Wurlitzer, Tim Lefebvre's electric bass, and Mark Guiliana's drums creates an energetic and dynamic texture. The composition moves seamlessly between different feels and textures, combining jazz's rhythmic sophistication with the pulse of EDM. McCaslin's saxophone solos take center stage, showcasing his ability to create soaring melodies, and explore new sonic territories. "Fly My Spaceship" continues the exploration of a new sonic direction, incorporating glitch-hop and dub influences. Lindner's electronic production adds depth and texture to the track, creating a captivating and immersive listening experience. McCaslin's saxophone solos take on a trance-like quality, adding to the otherworldly atmosphere of the music.

As the album progresses, the intensity builds with tracks such as "Body Blow" and "Turbo." These songs showcase McCaslin's ability to fuse genres seamlessly, incorporating elements of punk rock, progressive jungle-leaning EDM, and industrial precision. The use of effects on McCaslin's saxophone adds a layer of complexity and depth to the music, creating a sonic storm which is captivating. "Landsdown" stands out as a pinnacle of the new sound which McCaslin and his quartet have developed. The track begins with a hyper-robotic syncopation which gives way to a spacey groove, pushing the boundaries of jazz, and creating a sound which feels ahead of its time. The inclusion of a guest string quartet adds a sudden change of scene, highlighting McCaslin's ability to seamlessly integrate different elements into his compositions.

The album concludes with the title track, "I Want More," a funkified exercise which combines soulful melodies with abrasive dance elements. McCaslin's saxophone takes on a Kamasi Washington-esque power for the culmination of the album's exploration, and showcases McCaslin's commitment to pushing the envelope sonically and creatively.

Throughout the album, McCaslin's musical talent shines through, with his muscular sound and innovative compositions leaving a lasting impression. The collaboration between the quartet members, as well as the contributions of producer David Fridmann and synthesizer artist Jason Lindner, result in a weighty piece of contemporary electronica which defies traditional genre categorizations. The meticulous production and recording quality allow every nuance of the music to be heard, adding to the immersive and captivating nature of the album.

I Want More is a monumental addition to the jazz canon, elevating the genre to new dimensions and challenging conventional perceptions of what a jazz album can be. McCaslin's bold and sincere approach to his music creates a powerful and deeply personal listening experience. This album showcases his commitment to pushing boundaries and his desire to share his love of music with his audience. I Want More is not just a jazz album; it is a testament to the boundless potential of music, leaving one craving more and inspired to delve deeper into the remarkable talent of this extraordinary artist.

Track Listing

Stria; Fly My Space Ship; Hold Me Tight; Body Blow; Big Screen; Turbo; Landsdown; I Want More.

Personnel

Donny McCaslin
saxophone, tenor
Jason Lindner
keyboards

Album information

Title: I Want More | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: Edition Records


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