Give And Go
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A 2004 Grammy nominee for his solo work on Maria Schneider's Concert In The Garden, Donny McCaslin performs more often as a sideman extraordinaire (Steps Ahead, Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Mingus Orchestra) than as a leader. On his fourth solo album and Criss Cross leader debut, the 39-year-old saxophonist/composer, joined by an A-list quintet (John Swana, trumpet; Steve Gardenas, guitar; Scott Colley, bass; Gene Jackson, drums) presents seven melodic, harmonically meaty originals and a fresh arrangement of Thelonious Monk's Eronel.
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The music is mostly upbeat and burning with the group laying down a melody and then breaking out into solos to embellish the theme. "Out Law" opens the disc with an anxious melody and the group carries this on with a series of apprehensive solos. "Give and Go" throws in a basketball reference to its fast pace, before "The Liberators" finally slows the pace down with some fine ballad playing. Anyone who enjoys strong mainstream jazz performance with echoes of 1960's Blue Note and Prestige blowing sessions should find a lot to enjoy here.