The Hartford Courant‘s Chuck Obuchowski reviewed the Donny McCaslin Trio’s season-ending performance at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 in Sunday’s paper. McCaslin’s group, featuring bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Jonathan Blake, was celebrating its acclaimed debut, Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music).
“Although the threesome has had less than a year to work together,” Obuchowski wrote, “their tight rapport never faltered at Firehouse 12. While his roots in the bebop tradition were discernible Friday (he enjoyed slipping the occasional bop quote into his solos), the saxophonist has developed a distinctive sound, both as a player and a writer. McCaslin’s effusive blowing led the way for two hours of engaging improvised music on a full-moon night.”