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David S. Ware Trio: Live in New York, 2010

Read "Live in New York, 2010" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One night on earth David S. Ware was here. Blowing at the Blue Note on October 4, 2010, but it could have been October 4, 2090. Years ahead of his time or perhaps just outside of it, he took his alto saxophone and played. Fully formed compositions never named, but caught eternally on tape. David S. Ware was known as a tenor saxophonist with a big, earthshaking sound of fragile beauty, but this time he took the ...

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David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo: Live In Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004

Read "Live In Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Saxophonist and composer, David S. Ware (1949-2012), was one of the most original voices in modern jazz and his uncompromising approach to his art was deeply connected with a spiritual understanding of life. To Ware, playing and listening to music were different aspects of the essence of life. Ware left behind a rich discography and, fortunately, new musical treasures are still coming. One of them is a live recording from Sant'Anna Arresi with his long-term-collaborator, the pianist, ...

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David S. Ware and the Wisdom of Uncertainty

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Every record label needs a beginning, a first release, but it is seldom that the initial release is a masterpiece. However, this is the case with Wisdom of Uncertainty, saxophonist David S. Ware's album from 1997, which was the inaugural release of Steven Joerg's AUM Fidelity imprint. The name of the label is inspired by Charles Mingus' iconic album Mingus Ah Um. Referencing one of the all-time classics in jazz history, Joerg set the bar high for ...

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

Read "Organica (Solo Saxophones, Volume 2)" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

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David S. Ware: Organica

Read "Organica" reviewed by Nic Jones

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 ...

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

Read "Planetary Unknown" reviewed by Troy Collins

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 ...

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

Read "Planetary Unknown" reviewed by Nic Jones

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 ...

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

Read "Planetary Unknown" reviewed by John Sharpe

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, ...

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David S. Ware: Onecept

Read "Onecept" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

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David S. Ware: Planetary Musician

Read "David S. Ware: Planetary Musician" reviewed by Lyn Horton

On Sunday, June 27th, 2010, about a half-hour after its scheduled 9:30 pm appearance on the Abrons Art Center main performance stage in New York City, the David S. Ware Trio was setting up. The audience for this night of Vision Festival XV was its usual wandering and low-hum conversational self. William Parker stood by his upright bass way over on the left and, on the right, drummer Warren Smith settled down on a seat behind a larger than normal ...

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David S. Ware: Onecept

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In the press release for Onecept, David S. Ware makes much of the concept of spontaneous form. This is worth mentioning because the degree of continuity between notion and outcome is exceptional. Ware's work--and, indeed, his musical life, perhaps--is now at a stage where the reedman doesn't have to be combustible all the time, and it shows in this trio's collection of three equal voices. The implied democracy hasn't resulted in a quenching of the fire, but rather a group ...

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David S. Ware: Gravitation

Read "David S. Ware: Gravitation" reviewed by Martin Longley

It wasn't the kidney transplant that brought saxophonist David S. Ware very close to wheelchair confinement. Last September (2009), there were early signs of organ rejection, so he was placed on a course of steroids. These came with side effects that were more debilitating than last year's operation itself. Since then, Ware has been in a state of recuperation, although his definition of resting is nowhere near the same as that understood by most folks. Even in healthier ...


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