Dienstag, 14. Juli 2015

The Best Of Don McCaslin's "Warmth"

What started as the brilliant opener to Tramp Records' "Praise Poems" compilation (part 2 is already on its way) turned into a full length LP featuring the sounds of Don McCaslin aka Warmth.

Born in 1926 in Tacoma Washington McCaslin moved to San Jose and built his legacy as a piano player, bandleader and unique singer. His voice is certainly not what would call strong or concise and mostly you don't even understand what he is actually singing - but his whisper-like vocals are more about contributing to a sound that is cozy and warm. His individual jazz approach is very rhythm-based with boogie elements and bluesy soul vibes. Though the track "Praise Poems" remains one of the  favourites on this one you will also find nice harmonies and a dynamic flute in the opener "A Song The Children Dance To", an agile vibraphone in the incredible"Afro Blue"-jam or McCaslin's very own versions of classics like "Willow Weep For Me". Today in the late stages of his career he is still active in the veteran jazz combo "Amazing Jazz Geezers".

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

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