Rolling Stone Premieres Donny McCaslin's Bowie Cover from Upcoming Album
One week ahead of their U.S. tour, saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band, featured on David Bowie's Blackstar, have shared a new track from their upcoming album, Beyond Now. Set for October 14 release on Motéma Music, the album is dedicated to and inspired by Bowie.
Today, Rolling Stone premieres "Warszawa," McCaslin's all-instrumental cover of the song co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno from Bowie's 1977 release Low. Recorded nearly three months after Bowie's passing, the cover and Beyond Now are deeply influenced by the band's extraordinary experience collaborating with one of the greatest artists of all-time on his final album.
Comprised of core Blackstar personnel, bassist Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Saturday Night Live), drummer Mark Guiliana (Meshell Ndegeocello, Brad Mehldau), and Jason Lindner (Now Vs Now) along with guitarist Nate Wood and producer David Binney, Beyond Now's repertoire is expansive, featuring Bowie songs, covers of Deadmau5, MUTEMATH, and the Chainsmokers, as well as compelling McCaslin originals including the title composition, inspired by a song McCaslin recorded for Blackstar that didn't make the album.
The once in a lifetime opportunity to work with David Bowie came after composer Maria Schneider, a longtime collaborator, recommended McCaslin and his group to Bowie. Schneider and Bowie were collaborating on the track "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)," which featured McCaslin as a soloist. In June 2014, Bowie heeded Schneider's advice and made a visit to hear McCaslin and company at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village. Soon after, Bowie began corresponding with McCaslin over email and sending music, forming a new collaboration and friendship that transpired through the recording of Blackstar until Bowie's passing. The result is Beyond Now, which documents "David Bowie's Last Band" as they were processing both their grief and Bowie's distinctive impact.
DONNY McCASLIN U.S. TOUR DATES:
September 16-17 - Blue Whale - Los Angeles, CA
September 18 - Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA
September 19 - Yoshi's Oakland - Oakland, CA
September 20-21 - Dazzle Jazz Restaurant & Lounge - Denver, CO
October 12 - The Jazz Kitchen - Indianapolis, IN
October 13 - South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center - South Milwaukee, WI
October 14-15 - The Green Mill - Chicago, IL
October 16 - Des Moines Social Club - Des Moines, IA
October 17 - The Washington - Burlington, IA
October 18 - The Mill - Iowa City, IA
October 19-22 - Jazz St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
October 23 - We Always Swing Jazz Series - Columbia, MO
October 24 - Jefferson College Fine Arts Theatre - Hillsboro, MO
November 29-December 4 - The Village Vanguard - New York, NY