Blackstar band to release album inspired by Bowie

bassist Tim LefebvreBlackstar band to release album inspired by Bowie

Bassist Tim Lefebvre of the Tedeschi Trucks Band is part of the ensemble

By David Sands
August 2, 2016

David Bowie’s bandmates from his final album, Blackstar are working on a tribute to the late music legend, a new LP inspired by their experiences with him and love of his music.

Titled Beyond Now, the project is slated for an October release. It will be the the jazz ensemble’s first new studio album since Bowie passed away in January.

Led by saxophonist Donny McCaslin, the group also includes bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana and pianist Jason Lindner  — all Blackstar alumni — as well as guitarist Nate Wood. Producer David Binney also lent his skills to the effort.

Beyond Now will feature a combination of original material and covers of songs by Bowie (“A Small Plot of Land” and “Warszawa”) and other artists like Deadmau5, the Chainsmokers and Mutemath. The title song, “Beyond Now,” was inspired by a song that the group recorded for Blackstar that didn’t make it on the final album.

Bassist Tim Lefebrvre, who also plays with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, shared his thoughts on Bowie in a piece that appeared in Rolling Stone earlier this year around the time of the Ziggy Stardust singer’s passing.

“He was the greatest musician I’ve ever heard,” he said of his late friend and collaborator. “A genius who revolutionized pop and rock, breaking all barriers.”

Beyond Now will be released Oct. 14 through the jazz and world music label Motéma.

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