Hear Donny McCaslin’s adventurous new album, ‘Blow’

Influenced by his time as bandleader on David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar.’

If you loved the jazz stylings of David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, then be sure to check out Blow, Donny McCaslin’s new album out today.

The Starman’s ethos of experimentation informs the eclectic album, which synthesizes pop, indie, art-rock, electronic music, and even hip hop.

A few years ago, Bowie tapped McCaslin, a seasoned saxophonist with multiple Grammy nominations under his belt, to lead a New York jazz ensemble in recording Blackstar.


“Before working with him, things like [Blow] didn’t seem possible to me,” McCaslin commented on his website. “The affirmation of that project and how wonderfully that turned out artistically—I feel like anything is possible now.”

“Tiny Kingdom,” in particular, really channels Blackstar-era Bowie. Elsewhere, other collaborators step to the forefront: Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek takes the microphone on “The Opener,” while longtime Bowie collaborator Gail Ann Dorsey sings on the meditative closer, “Eye of the Beholder.”

Listen to Blow below:


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