January-14th-2010, 01:11 PM
David S. Ware's New Solo CD, Saturnian (AUM Fidelity), Coming March 9th
AUM Fidelity is proud to announce the March 9th release of Saturnian (AUM060), the first in a planned series of limited edition solo recordings by eminent saxophonist/composer David S. Ware. Recorded live at New York's Abrons Arts Center, this release documents Ware's triumphant return to the stage in October following a successful kidney transplant. Each of the three extended pieces is performed on a different instrument: saxello, stritch and tenor saxophone.
"To perform solo saxophone is who I have always been," writes Ware in the liner notes. "This is the way I've practiced all of these years, as though I am performing a solo. It is just as satisfying as playing in any other context. The freedom allows you to witness and solidify what is passing through. There's a voice inside each saxophone, expressing different orders of Being. When you listen, learn to open your third ear. Listen for the voice inside the music. It will expand who you think you are."
As reported in such high profile outlets as the New York Times and NBC Nightly News, kidney donor Laura Mehr saved an ailing Ware's life after a decade of chronic kidney disease, but 2009 was as much about musical renewal as personal adversity. His 50th year as a saxophonist began with the release of Shakti (AUM052), the recorded debut of his first working ensemble since his seminal quintet (1989-2007), and ended with his first-ever concert performances on stritch and saxello, Shakti on numerous best-of-the-year lists and preparations for two forthcoming 2010 releases.
Critics called Shakti "highly intriguing" (Jack Cooke, Jazz Journal), "towering and incandescent" (Andy Hamilton, The Wire), "a bold new statement from a true innovator" (Marc Medwin, Dusted) and "a mighty return for one of the greatest players alive today" (Chris Jones, BBC). PointofDeparture.org editor Bill Shoemaker adds, "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."
"In the course of a career that has involved considerable sacrifice and humility," wrote Brian Morton in The Nation, "he has created a body of work that is—uniquely on the current scene—epic." Active since the late 1960's, Ware has performed and recorded with such notable figures as Ahmed Abdullah, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Marc Edwards, Beaver Harris, William Hooker, Cooper-Moore and Cecil Taylor, but he is best-known for his legacy as a leader, defined by his trademark sound, a devout spirituality and masterful interplay with his all-star ensembles. His discography features nearly 25 titles under his own name, including 17 at the helm of the David S. Ware Quartet, which helped redefine creative improvised music throughout the 1990's and beyond. Learn more at http://www.aumfidelity.com/david-s-ware.html
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