Acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin takes a bold leap forward with his tenth album as a leader, Casting for Gravity. McCaslin's gargantuan tenor 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, fusing a wealth of forward-looking influences into one wholly new modern jazz sound.
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin brought a fresh perspective to the acoustic-electronic jazz soundscape with 2012's Casting for Gravity (Greenleaf Music) which earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Jazz Solo" for the track "Stadium Jazz." Thankfully it was not a one-off as McCaslin reassembles the tightly knit band and savvy production from saxophonist David Binney in Fast Future, a release that continues the groove factor.
Whilst hundreds of thousands continue to seek refuge there, Iraqi Kurdistan also has to defend its borders against ISIS. Whether on the front lines, in the training camps or in the refugee camps, the inhabitants suffer under a geopolitical and humanitarian situation that is as catastrophic as it is uncertain.
Thinking about grad school? Then you’d better start thinking about the GRE — especially because it just got a lot harder! The Graduate Record Exam General Test (which underwent sweeping changes in summer 2011) is the most commonly required admissions test for postgraduate degree programs at American universities. Taken by more than 600,000 prospective graduate school applicants from approximately 230 countries each year, this challenging exam can be a pivotal event in your academic career. In fact, your score on this all-important test can make or break your chances of getting into the university of your dreams and earning that coveted master’s degree or doctorate.
A few years ago the trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas released “Be Still,” a beautifully poignant album made in response to the loss of his mother. The album also formally unveiled his new band, a young quintet with the creative resources to hit the ground running. “Brazen Heart,” Mr. Douglas’s assured new release, showcases the same group at a more advanced stage in its evolution, as he again tries to transcend grief with art.