Reviews – DAVID S. WARE ..Shakti...(AUM052)

ALL MUSIC (Guide): FAVORITE JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2009

DESTINATION: OUT – FAVE JAZZ JAMZ OF 2009
David S. Ware Quartet. Shakti.
Making the new old again.

"Best Jazz Albums of 2009" –All About Jazz–New York

VILLAGE VOICE 2009 JAZZ CRITICS POLL =  #35

VILLAGE VOICE:  An Alternate, Unsettled Top 10 of 2009 Feature = #7

BBC Radio - Jazz on 3
"Unquestionably one of the most forceful and original voices in contemporary saxophone. His first studio album in half a decade and a fabulous, welcome return."  -Jez Nelson

THE WIRE
“Ware projects total conviction in the central role, his improvisations towering and incandescent.”  -Andy Hamilton

ALL ABOUT JAZZ #1 (read the whole of it, but here is brief extract..)
“With a mixture of sublime restraint and impassioned yearning, Ware channels his renowned volcanic intensity, concentrating his ecstatic detours and excessive pyrotechnics into a more nuanced approach. A refreshingly lyrical and emotionally committed performance by masterful improvisers, Shakti ebbs with soulful intensity and inspired interplay, making this one of the most compelling, yet accessible, recordings of Ware's career.”  -Troy Collins

BBC
“Ware is one of those players with such a complete mastery of his instrument that when he blows he does it to his own tune...a mighty return for one of the greatest players alive today.”  -Chris Jones

POINT OF DEPARTURE
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“While Ware’s new palette on Shakti is the headline, it is his performances that comprise the body of the argument for the album. There are plenty of saxophonists who have a commanding presence; few have as many ways of establishing it as Ware. Shakti is both a successful turning of the page for Ware, as well as a reminder of just how compelling a figure he remains.”  -Bill Shoemaker

DUSTED (read the whole of it, but here is brief extract..)
“Ware’s inventiveness burns as brightly as ever, his playing encompassing every dynamic and expressive shade...he’s transcended influence, each gesture a transformation of the last, and a departure for the next. His group always keeps up with him, staying abreast of every new idea as it unfolds. Shakti is a bold new statement from a true innovator.”  -Marc Medwin

POP MATTERS
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“..words themselves seem unable to capture the spirit of free jazz or to describe the sound of the music, especially when performed by such a master as tenor saxophonist David S. Ware and his combo. The instrumentalists create with an insistent intensity as they journey to the singular aim of transcendence. The music comes across as imminent and immanent. Shakti operates as a call to remind people of their deeper essences.”  -Steve Horowitz

DOWNBEAT
****
 “As with Sonny Rollins, although Ware is an entirely different player, there is an uncompromising individuality to Ware’s approach.
The artful presentation of some limbo-like internal landscape is emphasized by the track fades, which occur at moments when Ware is lifting off. "Crossing Samsara" is good example, as he quests for something in the Himalayan upper register just as the sound is squeezed away, leaving you wanting more, convinced that life is all hills and troughs, but there must be eternity.”  -Michael Jackson

JAZZTIMES
“Ware’s old storminess helped him produce some of free jazz’s finest works.  Shakti is no less fascinating .. a new direction for Ware, one that promises to be equally fulfilling.”  -Steve Greenlee

5 weeks straight on CMJ Jazz chart

JAZZIZ Lead Review/featurette

ALL ABOUT JAZZ #3
"Ware stalks these six cuts with an effortless feline grace." –John Sharpe

ALL ABOUT JAZZ #4
"Ware communicates clearly and mindfully how Shakti imbues his spirit in the way the primary musical theme is stated and transformed through a tangent of arpeggios, and a brief exploration of high-pitched phraseology. That he personifies this inexplicable "divine evolutionary force" is a gift to all." –Lyn Horton

ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"[David is here again] backed by equally extraordinary players who perfectly understand his vision and purpose." –Michael G. Nastos

ALL ABOUT JAZZ–NEW YORK
"An outstanding addition to the saxophonist’s already extraordinary discography." –Russ Musto


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