Be­yond Now ★★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Motéma COR­MAC LARKIN

Black­star, Sax­o­phon­ist Donny McCaslin’s fiercely creative quar­tet cho­sen by David Bowie to play on

the al­bum that would be his swan­song, af­ter he heard them in the 55 Bar one fate­ful New York night in 2014. Two years and an im­mod­er­ate amount of main­stream press at­ten­tion later, here is the 50-year-old sax­o­phon­ist’s heart­felt trib­ute to his erst­while boss. McCaslin and his col­leagues – key­boardist Ja­son Lind­ner, bassist Tim Le­feb­vre and drum­mer Mark Guil­iana – were al­ready the sort of open­minded mu­si­cians who were draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the creative end of rock’n’roll. But the time spent with Bowie has clearly marked them. Con­cise, hard-edged and mys­te­ri­ous,

Be­yond Now sounds like the fu­ture of mu­sic. There could be no more fit­ting trib­ute to the man who sought them out.

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