He claims 'Blackstar' was supposed to be a fresh start, not goodbye

David Bowie‘s saxophonist Donny McCaslin has said the late singer was working on another album.

Bowie died, aged 69, in January, two days after the release of his album ‘Blackstar’, a record which many fans believed was his final farewell.

But McCaslin insists Bowie was planning to make more music.

“It certainly didn’t seem that it (‘Blackstar’) would be his last record,” McCaslin told The Times. “He was going to start writing new music – or maybe he had started; it wasn’t quite clear – but he was in the process of planning a new recording with us. I don’t think ‘Blackstar’ was this goodbye thing.”

He also claims that Bowie was considering appearing on stage for the first time in a decade.

“Clearly there wasn’t going to be a ‘Blackstar’ tour but he was going to sit in with us at (New York jazz club) the Village Vanguard. It would just have been him turning up unannounced after rehearsing during the day,” McCaslin added.

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Earlier this year, McCaslin and his band announced their own album inspired by and dedicated to their former collaborator.

‘Beyond Now’ featured bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana and Jason Lindner, who all played on Bowie’s last record. Guitarist Nate Wood and producer David Binney were also involved.

The record includes original tracks by McCaslin and a number of covers of songs by the likes of Deadmau5, Mutemath, The Chainsmokers and Bowie.

McCaslin said at the time: “David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me the rest of my days. ‘Beyond Now’ is dedicated to him and to all who loved him.”

Meanwhile, Carlos Alomar, who regularly collaborated with David Bowie on music for three decades, recently discussed the pair’s artistic relationship in an extract from a new book about Bowie’s musical companions.

The Puerto Rican-born musician first worked with the late artist on the latter’s 1975 album ‘Young Americans’, and would continue working with Bowie on 11 further albums between 1976-2003. Alomar was also a regular presence in Bowie’s live set-up between those years.

In an extract from A Portrait of Bowie: A Tribute to Bowie by his Artistic Collaborators & Contemporaries, Alomar admits that he didn’t know who Bowie was when they first met in 1974.

“He had orange hair and he was white; I had an Afro and I was black,” Alomar writes. “The first thing I did was say, ‘Come over to my house, have some food and let’s just talk,’ because he was a curious guy, he was interesting, and he wasn’t the usual type of guy that I was used to working with. Next thing I knew he took me up on the invitation.”