Reviews - DAVID S. WARE.. Go See The World (Columbia) .......AUM Fidelity home

DAVID S. WARE's voice + vision is now one of the most vital in the history of jazz; his QUARTET is a living + fully breathing institution, having been on the front line documenting the Jazz Sound of Here and Now for the past decade. The most important elements in the continued vitality and relevancy of jazz: truly original voices, far-reaching exploration meshed with the most deeply felt passion, and astounding virtuosity stemming from a lifetime of dedication to the music, are the very same elements which define the David S. Ware Quartet's mode of operation. Following, a concise list of astute observations published since the release of his Columbia/Sony debut in September 1998: -SJ

The astute observations arranged below tell the story, in short, of a singular modern music, through to the Now.

"The title of this, tenor saxophonist David S. Ware's debut recording for Columbia, commemorates the first words spoken to him by his mother. To judge from the fiercely independent music contained on it, he has followed her advice by cutting his own path for the purpose. Refreshingly individual in a jazz world where major labels seldom champion such free spirits." THE LONDON TIMES

"There seems to be no shadowed corner of the sonic spectrum that his breath can't expose." JAZZIZ

"This is an album of remarkable beauty that could only be achieved with an intensity very few players manage to deliver. Few, in fact, are brave enough to even try."

" 'You can hear the tradition in his playing,' says (Branford) Marsalis, 'It's in the tradition and extends it.' " from THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

"It is only once in a blue moon that a musician chooses to make a splash in the night and awaken the ghosts of jazz innovators to remind everyone that jazz lives in the future and should not dwell within the past. If jazz is to progress, it will do so on the shoulders of warriors such as Ware." L.A. JAZZ SCENE

"He's one of the last of the Mohicans -- there's nobody in the world who has what David has." MATTHEW SHIPP in MAGNET

"I want to see this music have the attention that it deserves. This should be a music that's held in high esteem. It's not. It's totally misunderstood by musicians and listeners alike. There needs to be more education about what's going on in the music--the philosophical side of it and the musical side of it. All of these things need to be brought out, but no one's going to listen to you anyway if you're not held in high esteem. Us being on Columbia is part of that. It's part of the music rising to its correct position."

"David S. Ware -- a musician whose technical ability is unquestioned, an artist whose vision is uncompromised." CMJ New Music Report

"Ware is massive, in the exact way that, say, James Brown was massive, that Muhammad Ali was massive." JAZZIZ

"Not only has tenor saxophonist David S. Ware proven himself to be the scene's one true heir to Sonny Rollins, he's gone one better than the saxophone collossus by holding on to one of the most dynamic ensembles in jazz for almost a decade. The band that made Ware's recent Columbia disc, Go See The World, an instant classic."

"Like Ware's live performances, the album aspires to be mind-blowingly audacious, and is, partly because the musicians never shirk the risks necessary to reach their goal." ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

"The David S. Ware Quartet form an intuitive music machine, as capable of driving for long hours into dark and stormy blues as of negotiating the quick and delicate curves of a modernist improvisation." THE RESIDENT (New York City)

"Ware's keen sense of form pervades the album. His writing can move episodically, from ecstatic groove to calmer exploration to sharply written group passages - the play between structure and freedom is fascinating." THE WIRE

"It falls outside the lines of either 'avant-garde' or 'mainstream' distinctions, and anyone who's really heard this quartet, either live or on record, has come away a believer."

"Ware's quartet (has) coalesced into an all-star unit that defines pre-millennial energy and intensity. One contributing factor is years of personnel stability. The other is their simple unmitigated faith in the music. As this is music that knocks you off your status quo, the fence-straddlers may well end up singing soprano on this one." JAZZ TIMES

"No working band in jazz can front on this quartet, whose wit, alacrity, and raw stamina is a marvel to behold." STOMP & STAMMER (Atlanta)

"I do what I do because of my feelings about how life should be lived and what we're here for and where we should be going, the purpose of being here, having a physical body and all that that implies, and the development of that and your mind and spirit and to have a certain perspective on everything that comes." DAVID S. WARE in CMJ MONTHLY

"This is jazz that swallows all aesthetic distinctions. Bluesy and experimental, it shatters the classic Coltrane sound into new possibilities." VILLAGE VOICE

"Mainstream jazz fans must live in a constant crisis of faith. Where are the John Coltranes and Ornette Colemans to restore the exploratory excitement of yesteryear? Truth is, there are literally dozens of important, nearly legendary figures from two generations who keep the jazz torch alive. One giant among these is David S. Ware; Go See The World is certainly the most richly creative--and best--major-label jazz release of the past decade." IN PITTSBURGH

"Go See The World is that increasingly rare entity, a record that combines tradition, innovation and virtuosity to treat jazz as a still-developing entity."

"We've got to realize that we are not separate from nature, that we are a part of nature. We need music that coincides with this--we need powerful art forms to go along with the times, to express what's going on. I think that our music is one of the ones that's up for this." DAVID S. WARE in EXCLAIM! (Canada)

"This may be the finest band around, if you like it rough and ready; even if you are intimidated by ferocity, the attention to detail and interplay will calm your nerves." + "One of the best jazz albums of 1998." GARY GIDDINS, WEATHERBIRD, VILLAGE VOICE

"Beyond the telepathic grace of his quartet, beyond the beatific barrage of his horn, beyond the illuminated filaments of melody exploding into fireworks or darting as quietly as a lightning bug, there's a core of idealism that pulses like a heartbeat. This is music made by a man who wants to stand the planet on its ear, and in the troubled, complex and irrefutable long march of jazz through the century, what other kind of individual made any difference at all?" JAZZIZ "True, great music should deal with transcendence, it should make one transcend. That's honouring the spirit, when you can sit down and music can take you somewhere, into a world you may not be familiar with, towards the ONE. In my mind that's the true purpose of music." Amen. DSW in THE WIRE