What It Was Like Recording ‘Blackstar’ With David Bowie | Observer
Originally this space was to be occupied by a Q&A with all five brilliant jazz musicians who helped David Bowie, seemingly unbeknownst to them, craft his last goodbye to Planet Earth: The challenging, satisfying and uncompromising Blackstar.Unfortunately, the news of the English rock legend’s passing from a long, quiet battle with liver cancer just two days after his 69th birthday came mere hours before I was to speak with drummer Mark Guiliana and keyboardist Jason Lindner about their experiences creating what many are considering a masterpiece on par with Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Low and Let’s Dance. Understandably, both men cancelled. However, both bassist Tim Lefebvre and guitarist Ben Monder agreed to talk. I am eternally grateful to both men, as well as the amazing McCaslin whom I had spoken with the night before Blackstar’s release date, to offer the Observer these touching and funny memories of working with The Man Who Fell to Earth and made the whole world cry when he was called back up to the sky.