The Rubin Donny McCaslin Quartet
Donny McCaslin’s Sax Quartet project makes its debut at the Rubin featuring world premiere compositions and four saxophone greats: David Binney on alto saxophone, Joel Frahm on soprano/tenor saxophone, Scott Robinson on baritone saxophone, and Donny McCaslin on tenor/soprano saxophone.
Acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin has been called “dart-like and dangerous” by The New York Times.
Donny has a long history with David Binney starting with their collaboration in the 1990's group Lan Xang w/Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. Mr Binney has also produced many of Donny's recordings including his most recent "Casting For Gravity" that garnered significant critical acclaim. Donny has been a section mate with Scott Robinson in the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the last 9 years and has known and admired Joel Frahm since moving to New York City in 1990.
Donny McCaslin's gargantuan tenor sax sound finds an ideal setting to rampage through in the ferocious grooves and electronic textures of keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana. Couching his trademark gift for brawny melodies in lurching dub rhythms, swirling electronica-inspired atmospheres, and arena-rock power, McCaslin has crafted a game-changer of an album in his latest, Casting for Gravity, fusing a wealth of forward-looking influences into one wholly new modern jazz sound.
McCaslin's initial forays into plugged-in territory were a reflection of his upbringing in Santa Cruz, California, where he was weaned on the deep, deep grooves of Tower of Power and Headhunters bassist Paul Jackson. Those influences remain in the percolating rhythms of "Bend" or the enormous musculature of "Stadium Jazz," inevitable how deeply ingrained they are into McCaslin's approach. But he wasted little time casting back into the past for inspiration on this outing, looking instead to ground-breaking contemporary artists such as Aphex Twin.