Ware, David S., New Quartet / Theater Garonne, 2008
Album: Theater Garonne, 2008   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ware, David S., New Quartet   Added:Dec 2019
Label:Aum Fidelity  

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Samsarra (Reprise)

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-12-21
Reviewed: 2019-12-21
Genre: Jazz
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Review: Seven years after his death, fire-and-brimstone tenor saxophonist Ware is still giving us new music. This latest disc presents his New Quartet (with guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker, and drummer Warren Smith) in concert in France two weeks after the group recorded the album Shakti. There’s heightened intensity here. The highs are higher, the spaces more spacious. This band was assembled not long after pianist Matthew Shipp’s long tenure with Ware ended, so it’s interesting to note how Morris’ presence changes it. He transitions from unadorned chords to fluid, bluesy lines to hypersonic picking
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Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
*1/ Crossing Samsarra Part 1 (15:08) – sax starts> rocking uptempo off-kilter jam> sax solo> uptempo jam> guitar solo> bass solo> uptempo jam> crescendo end
2/ Crossing Samsarra Part 2 (11:17) - sax starts> uptempo off-kilter jam> pause> sax solo> guitar solo> uptempo jam with repetitive riff> quick stop
**3/ Durga (17:41) – sax solo starts hesitantly> uptempo jam> guitar solo> uptempo jam> bowed bass solo> subdued uptempo jam builds in volume> quick stop
*4/ Reflection (11:40) – sax solo starts> guitar solo> midtempo jam> honking sax solo> midtempo jam> quick fade
*5/ Namah (12:34) – bass/drums duet starts> sax kicks in> midtempo jam> sax solo soars> midtempo jam swells in volume> sax solo> crescendo> subdued uptempo jam builds in volume> quick stop
6/ Samsarra (reprise) (5:05) – sax starts> uptempo off-kilter jam> band intro> uptempo jam> quick fade

Track Listing
1. Crossing Samsarra Part 1   4. Reflection
2. Crossing Samsarra Part 2   5. Namah
3. Durga   6. Samsarra (Reprise)