Saxophonist and composer Donny McCaslin won the 2008 Down Beat Rising Star Award, which is both gratifying and hilarious, considering that he's been on the scene for nearly 20 years. In recent years, though, McCaslin has appeared in a number of high-profile settings, including the Maria Schneider Orchestra (for which he received a Grammy nomination) and with trumpeter Dave Douglas' Quintet.
On Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music, 2008), McCaslin tackles one of the hallmarks of a saxophonist's career--the trio record. McCaslin has composed a daring and exhilarating repertoire for this album, which features bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Johnathan Blake.
AAJ Contributor and host of The Jazz Session speaks with McCaslin about the challenges and rewards of the trio in his insightful interview, Donny McCaslin: Trio Toolbox
A number of AAJ contributors have already weighed in on Recommended Tools. You can read Troy Collins' review , C. Michael Bailey's analysis and Budd Kopman's piece.
AAJ is featuring a video of McCaslin performing in the Dave Douglas Quintet at the 2007 Jazz Baltica Festival, as its Daily Video.
You can also listen to Jason speaking with McCaslin on installment #39 of his popular podcast, The Jazz Session.
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