This opus sees the bowie Blackstar collaborator transform from technical jazz chopster to full-blown art-pop auteur, with vocal tracks interspersed with dizzyingly ambitious workouts.
‘Blow.’ Certainly feels a bit like an album made in the image of his absent mentor. his vision is supported by a top-notch cast of musicians that includes vocal collaborations with Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek, and fellow Bowie collaborator Gail Ann Dorsey among others. it spans prog and art rock, downtempo quiet storm, instrumentals influenced by Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest and more. Naturally, McCaslin’s horn unites these disparate elements, manipulating the instrument to create different loops and textures in fevers of occasional improvisation. “those who enjoy adventurous rock -- indie, prog, and otherwise -- will likely find the album to be greatly enjoyable and perhaps even revelatory” 4* - allmusic