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David Bowie 'was planning new record before his death'

Published 25/11/2016

David Bowie
David Bowie

David Bowie did not intend Blackstar to be his final album, according to the leader of the jazz band who worked with the late music icon.

David Bowie was planning to make another album before losing his battle with cancer, according to saxophonist Donny McCaslin.

Bowie died, aged 69, on 10 January (16), two days after the release of his album Blackstar, a record which many fans believed was a final farewell.

But McCaslin insists his boss was planning to make more music.

"It certainly didn't seem that it (Blackstar) would be his last record," McCaslin told The Times newspaper. "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."

The jazz band leader revealed Bowie was even 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," he added.

Bowie's last known performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006, when he joined Alicia Keys to sing his 1972 hit Changes.

McCaslin reveals Bowie kept his illness quiet while recording the album with his band between January and March last year (15).

"He was such a private person, but what I can say is that his illness never affected him in the studio," the jazz musician noted.

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