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Schaphorst, Uprising

1. "Uprising" (Schaphorst). Ken Schaphorst Big Band, Purple (Naxos Jazz, 1998). A 19-piece orchestra featuring, among others, Dave Ballou and Cuong Vu, trumpets; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Uri Caine, piano; John Medeski, organ; Jamey Haddad, drums--and Donny McCaslin as principal soloist on this 1996 composition by bandleader Schaphorst.

McCaslin, Exile and Discovery

2. "Exile and Discovery" (McCaslin). Exile and Discovery (Naxos Jazz, 1998). McCaslin's exuberant debut as a leader, with Bruce Barth, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; and Billy Drummond, drums.

McCaslin, The Way Through

3. “Skyward" (McCaslin).The Way Through (Arabesque, 2003). From McCaslin's third outing as a leader, with many of his usual New York crew: David Binney, alto sax; Anders Bostrum, flutes; Doug Yates, clarinets; Scott Colley, bass; and Adam Cruz, drums.

Maria Schneider, Concert In the Garden

4. "Bulería, Soleá y Rumba" (Schneider). Maria Schneider, Concert In the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004). McCaslin's soaring, Grammy-nominated solo (from a multiple Grammy-winning album) is the centerpiece of this evocative work by one of the most challenging big band composer-arrangers of the day. Schneider's 20-piece orchestra features some amazing talent, including flugelhornist Ingrid Jensen, guitarist Ben Monder, and pianist Frank Kimbrough. Greg Gisbert also solos on flugelhorn.

McCaslin, Give and Go

5. "Out Law" (McCaslin). Give and Go (Criss Cross, 2006). The first of two albums that McCaslin released in 2006, this blowing session also showcases fine work by guitarist Steve Cardenas, trumpeter John Swana, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Gene Jackson.

McCaslin, Soar

6. "O Campeão" (McCaslin). Soar (Sunnyside, 2006). In dense, skilled compositions that grew out of his work as a sideman with Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, McCaslin starts to show his Latin side, assisted by Luciana Souza, vocals; Ben Monder, guitar; Orrin Evans, piano; Scott Colley, bass; Antonio Sanchez, drums; and Pernell Saturnino, percussion

McCaslin, In Pursuit 7. "Descarga" (McCaslin). In Pursuit (Sunnyside, 2007). McCaslin's talents as a composer are in full bloom on this standout session from last year. With frequent collaborator (and producer) David Binney on alto;, Ben Monder on guitar, Scott Colley on bass,, Antonio Sanchez behind the drums, and Pernell Saturnino providing percussion.
McCaslin, Recommended Tools 8. "Fast Brazil" (McCaslin). Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music, 2008). A new reading of a propulsively catchy tune reprised from In Pursuit. The album--just released August 19th--finds McCaslin working in a trio format (with the bubbling bass of Hans Glawischnig, last heard here in Arcata with Miguel Zenon) and the muscular drumming of Johnathan Blake. DownBeat pronounces it "hihs finest record as an improviser."

 

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