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David S. Ware / Planetary Unknown: Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011

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For its second release, cooperative super group Planetary Unknown offers three collectively birthed cuts recorded live at the Austrian Saalfelden Jazz Festival in 2011. Even though given equal billing, saxophonist David S. Ware gets the biggest font size metaphorically in the concert introduction and features most prominently in the mix. In fact, it is Ware who provides most of the narrative thrust in the quartet's enthralling arc of creativity.Ware has moved away from the compositions that were the mainstay of his classic quartet to unfettered, on-the-fly creation. But that is not to say the result is formless. With ...

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David S. Ware: Organica (Solo Saxophones, Volume 2)

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As the follow up to saxophonist David S. Ware's lauded Saturnian (Solo Saxophones, Volume 1) (AUM Fidelity, 2010) studio session, this second volume comprises two entire concerts documented in March and November 2010, each pairing matching titled cuts on sopranino and tenor saxophones. If the previous album served to demonstrate that the reedman's solo powers were undimmed, Volume 2 not only affirms that situation, but goes further in showing reservoirs of interior focus and invention that are stronger than ever. The standard is remarkably high over its four tracks totaling more than 78 minutes, with few of the ...

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David S. Ware: Organica

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If it wasn't apparent before that David S. Ware has gravity, now it is. There's always been authority in his saxophone playing, but with the passing of time the gravity of his work has become more apparent, as if every note he plays is now invested with the wealth of life's experiences. This second volume of entirely solo recitals makes the point; Ware is clearly one of the most compelling voices in improvised music. In view of how he tailors his approach to suit his sopranino and tenor saxophones, it might be closer to the truth to ...

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David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown

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Renowned saxophonist David S. Ware continues to explore new avenues following his successful kidney transplant two years ago. Since then, Ware released Saturnian (AUM Fidelity, 2009), a stoic solo set, and Onecept (AUM Fidelity, 2010), a bristling trio excursion with bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith. Planetary Unknown surpasses even these notable recordings, featuring an all-star quartet whose members' combined experience encapsulates the last four decades of free jazz history.Parker has been Ware's primary colleague for almost two decades; his robust tone and intuitive phrasing complements the saxophonist's tortuous excursions with near clairvoyance. Though his recent efforts ...

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David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown

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Planetary Unknown marks the first time this quartet played together, though that isn't apparent, given the music's deep roots and connections. Drummer Muhammad Ali is brother to Rashied, who worked with John Coltrane's post-Elvin Jones group. This is his first appearance on record since the early 1980s, and he brings a wealth of experience with the likes of Albert Ayler and Alan Shorter, to the table. Saxophonist David S. Ware and pianist Cooper-Moore came to New York together in 1973, and this release marks their first collaboration in thirty years. William Parker vies for the title of ...

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David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown

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Saxophone giant David S. Ware's comeback following a kidney transplant continues apace, this time within a new super group comprising some of the brighter magnitude bodies in the free jazz firmament. Ware's post-op output includes potent showings in Saturnian (Aum Fidelity, 2009) and Onecept (Aum Fidelity, 2010) but Planetary Unknown represents the strongest achievement yet. In large part, that is down to the egalitarian outlook of the stellar cast. Bassist William Parker remains a constant in Ware's universe, his huge sound and propulsive swing ever present since the late 1980s. Reunited with Ware for the first time in ...

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David S. Ware: Onecept

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Never one to be daunted, David S. Ware's first release after his kidney transplant was a solo live recording of three improvisations on three different instruments. Saturnian (Solo Saxophones, Volume One) (AUM Fidelity, 2010) garnered a strongly positive critical response. Now he has gone one stage further, following up with an even better studio date backed by the experienced pairing of longtime collaborator William Parker on bass and veteran drummer Warren Smith, both holdovers from Ware's quartet which made the well-received Shakti (AUM Fidelity, 2008). As with the same threesome's triumphant appearance at the 2010 Vision Festival, they ...



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