"he improvises three pieces that are built like fine architecture, with one musical brick fitting beautifully atop the next to make a cohesive and thoughtful whole. There is nothing rushed here, the music is patient and distinguished, and Ware's beautiful golden tone, echoing the masters like Hawkins, Coltrane and Rollins, shines like the light from a powerful star."
–Tim Niland, JazzAndBlues
"expertly devised and soulful playing of a masterful musician .. these three pieces flow beautifully"
–Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
"a solo tour de force." –Dave Morris, Eye Weekly
"This [solo recording] is probably the best way to celebrate the return of one of the greatest saxophonists on the scene today. It is an emotional evening and you can feel the joy pouring out of each note Ware plays. Saturnian is a celebration of life, musical voice and ongoing creativity." –JazzWrap
"Three gems of elegant yet busy melodic developments, full of passion and generosity. I immediately fell for them" –François Couture, Monsieur Délire
"hyper-dextrous and playing at the speed of thought .. focused and fully energized."
–David Keenan, The Wire (full page review)
"Saturnian is, bar-none, some of the greatest Ware on record—and considering the health precipice he was recently on, that's an extra heavy achievement."
–Clifford Allen, All About Jazz.com
"It is a record of hope and impeccable happiness that transmutes trial and trauma into virtuoso leaps of the soul. There is nothing dry about this outing, however cerebral. It is funky and down-home bluesy. Ware leaves no one out of the conversation, us or his precursors, who are brought to life holographically in a virtual symphony of synecdoche - that is, in stylistic hints that bring them present together in full - perpetuating an intergenerational chain, a gush of black gold we may hope is never capped. –Gordon Marshall, All About Jazz-New York
"4 Stars" –Downbeat
"4 Stars ... A sense of solemnity as well as joy frames this work, the personality of the artist towering and immense, any claim to the status of contemporary saxophone colossus one to be taken seriously." –Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise
"each performance on Saturnian is magisterial and profoundly moving." –Phil Freeman, Jazziz