Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

174

David S. Ware: Onecept

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count
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 rely solely on their wits and skill, abjuring previously composed material. That's not to say there isn't structure. With three such well travelled improvisers, spontaneously generated cohesion is never far away. A prime example comes early on "Wheel Of Life" where, after an introductory drum feature, trio sections alternate with spots for bass alone, before a closing drum solo echoes the start. Ware also retains a broad palette by turning not just to his customary tenor saxophone, but also the saxello (essentially a Bb soprano sax with an upturned bell) and stritch (a straight alto sax variant) for three pieces each. In the liner interview, the saxophonist characterizes this album as all of a piece, but he does show preferences, spending almost half the program on stritch, with 20 minutes on tenor and just 15 on saxello.

As with Shakti, Smith's open spare percussion is a defining characteristic, allowing space for the music to breathe. Both Ware and Parker take maximum advantage, with the bassist, in particular, showcasing his idiosyncratic arco technique, always one of the most exciting aspects of his craft. Ware has a tone to die for on tenor—rich, full and throaty—but he brings a searching keening quality to his work on the other two horns. "Astral Earth" is the standout track and also the longest at 15 minutes. There is a hint of meditation in Ware's expressive stritch after Smith's exotic gong and tympani introduction. He takes his time. Lyrical turns of phrase emerge from his yelping discourse in slow moving procession, shadowed by Parker's booming bass.

Other highlights include the intoxicating blend of falsetto tenor saxophone and bowed bass counterpoint on "Bardo" and the busy propulsive "Anagami" where Ware obsessively shapes and reshapes a loosely worked motif on stritch. All involved operate at the highest level throughout, confirming that Ware is well and truly back.

Track Listing: Book Of Krittika; Wheel Of Life; Celestial; Desire Worlds; Astral Earth; Savaka; Bardo; Anagami; Vata.

Personnel: David S. Ware: tenor sax, stritch, saxello; William Parker: bass; Warren Smith: drums, tympani, percussion.

Title: Onecept | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: AUM Fidelity

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Satoko Fujii Solo CD/LP/Track Review Satoko Fujii Solo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 17, 2018
Read when the shade is stretched CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read The Influencing Machine CD/LP/Track Review The Influencing Machine
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 17, 2018
Read Presence CD/LP/Track Review Presence
by Geannine Reid
Published: January 17, 2018
Read Flaneur CD/LP/Track Review Flaneur
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 16, 2018
Read D'Agala CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 16, 2018
Read "Hudson" CD/LP/Track Review Hudson
by Doug Collette
Published: June 14, 2017
Read "Varanda" CD/LP/Track Review Varanda
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "Irmãos De Fé" CD/LP/Track Review Irmãos De Fé
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 6, 2017
Read "Port Of Call" CD/LP/Track Review Port Of Call
by John Sharpe
Published: August 23, 2017
Read "Infra" CD/LP/Track Review Infra
by John Eyles
Published: October 7, 2017
Read "Living Tribute" CD/LP/Track Review Living Tribute
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 27, 2017