Perpetual Motion

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Donny McCaslin is very much a tenor saxophonist in the John Coltrane/Sonny Rollins mold, but he often varies his approach by adopting unusual instrumentation. That's what he does on Perpetual Motion, using an electric bass played by Tim Lefebvre, electric and acoustic keyboards by Adam Benjamin and Uri Caine, and drums by Mark Guiliana and Antonio Sanchéz. The electric instruments introduce fusion elements here and there, notably on "L.Z.C.M.," when a synthesizer leads the rhythm section. McCaslin can also pare things down, as he does at the start of "Claire," featuring only saxophone and drums for the first several of its 11 minutes. The often free playing of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Donny McCaslin is very much a tenor saxophonist in the John Coltrane/Sonny Rollins mold, but he often varies his approach by adopting unusual instrumentation. That's what he does on Perpetual Motion, using an electric bass played by Tim Lefebvre, electric and acoustic keyboards by Adam Benjamin and Uri Caine, and drums by Mark Guiliana and Antonio Sanchéz. The electric instruments introduce fusion elements here and there, notably on "L.Z.C.M.," when a synthesizer leads the rhythm section. McCaslin can also pare things down, as he does at the start of "Claire," featuring only saxophone and drums for the first several of its 11 minutes. The often free playing of the first 57 minutes of the 67-minute running time (tracks one through seven) gives way to some unusual material that seems tacked on at the end, notably "Impossible Machine," in which producer David Binney gets to come in with his alto, and the closer, "For Someone," which is actually a piano ballad written and played solo by Caine. Those seem to be nods to McCaslin's compatriots on a long album that has already given him plenty of time to work on his ideas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • Label: Green Leaf Records
  • UPC: 186980000176
  • Catalog Number: 1017
  • Sales rank: 234,635

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Five Hands Down (5:01)
  2. 2 Perpetual Motion (12:19)
  3. 3 Claire (11:20)
  4. 4 Firefly (9:13)
  5. 5 Energy Generation (7:16)
  6. 6 Memphis Redux (7:30)
  7. 7 L.Z.C.M. (7:06)
  8. 8 East Bay Grit (0:30)
  9. 9 Impossible Machine (6:14)
  10. 10 For Someone (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donny McCaslin Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
David Binney Alto Saxophone, electronics
Uri Caine Piano, fender rhodes
Antonio Sanchez Drums
Tim Lefebvre Electric Bass
Mark Guiliana Drums
Adam Benjamin Piano, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
David Binney Composer, Producer
Uri Caine Composer
Dave Douglas Executive Producer
Donny McCaslin Composer
Tim Lefebvre Composer
Mark Guiliana Composer
Jennifer Boyd Artwork
Mike Marciano Engineer, Mastering
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