Jazz has always counted the saxophone among its principal solo instruments - it is the sound Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane. Donny McCaslin stays true to those roots, leaving his own personal touch on the popular instrument. It's a sound marked by an edgy tone, rapid dynamic shifts, and mind-bending runs of notes.
That said, McCaslin certainly isn’t afraid to branch out. He often uses live electronics with his performances, and the resulting drone contrasts well with the rhythm-heavy drive of his backing band. McCaslin further indulged his experimental tendencies by covering "Alpha and Omega" by Boards of Canada, which you can hear in the second YouTube video below.
Download "Praia Grande" by Donny McCaslin, and watch a live video of him performing below. Donny McCaslin plays Jazz Standard Wednesday night.