Reviews that mention Clarence Penn
July 27, 2006
Meaning and Mystery
Greenleaf Music GRE-04
Reminiscent of Miles Davis ability to replace one notable saxophonist with another in his classic bands, trumpeter Dave Douglas has tapped tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin to succeed Chris Potter and briefly Rick Margitza in his working quintets front line.
California native McCaslin, who played with the Mingus Big Band and Maria Schneiders Jazz Orchestra, at points injects rubato comments, but usually lets his riffing arpeggios serve as foils to Douglas trumpeting multiphonics. Dutiful on his first CD with the band, McCaslins musical relationship vis-à-vis the mercurial brassman is still somewhat diffident like Hank Mobleys was with Davis. MORE