THE DAVID S. WARE QUARTET
BalladWare

[Thirsty Ear, www.thirstyear.com]

When David S. Ware and his Quartet slip into ballad mode, people tend to attack them from all sides. They're getting comfortable or they're only cruising, they say. Others will argue this to be an important document for a quartet that is no longer, but was once a powerhouse on the jazz scene. Drummer Guillermo E. Brown, bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and saxophonist/leader David S. Ware blasted music like it was nobody's business. For years, they churned out consistently good to great records. In a live setting, they were one of the more memorable acts of the 90's. Through a combination of sheer power and grace, the Quartet was able to maintain a steady fan-base, while pursuing Ware's vision of an improvised music within a jazz context. Recorded back in 1999 in NYC, "BalladWare" is a useful tool by which to judge the progress of the band. This is the first time drummer Guillermo E. Brown has joined the band. The band was tired after an extended tour and the only way they could capture their live energy was in doing slower numbers. In bringing back to life ballads, Ware forces his team-mates to work along a different set of rules. Everything is slowed down and structured more stringently. Instead of all out solos from the leader, we're welcomed by a ballad with proper structure, which at a few points is interrupted by the screaming wail of Ware's saxophone. Listen to the way he makes "Tenderly" his very own. Out of nowhere, he'll break out into a sweaty, punctuated solo that provides a thrilling climax to the tune. Shipp is all rhythmic lines on the piano, providing a good structure to the leader's already firm base. Little cluster pounding is to be heard at all in fact. The most exciting aspect is listening to the rhythm section. While Parker is rather careful in dispersing his energy level to outer extremes, Brown has no issues in duelling with both Parker and Ware. Some of the better moments are heard on the closing "Angel Eyes", where Ware is screaming like a madman, while Brown and Parker attempt to outdo him. Even Matthew Shipp slips in a lovely piano motif which gives everyone some breathing space. Without much fanfare, Ware's Quartet has slipped into history books. "BalladWare" stands as another crucial document of its importance.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ DEREK BAILEY - To Play
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+ DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET - Some Trees
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+ BOB MEYER - All This is That
+ MINIMUM CHIPS - Lady Grey
+ ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - Stuffed With/Out
+ SUSANNA AND THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA - Melody Mountain
+ SMUTNY - Telehors
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+ KK NULL / DANIEL MENCHE - Raijin
+ MIRROR - Still Valley
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+ CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - The Eighth
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