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    Ware, David S. Quartet – “BalladWare ” – [Thirsty Ear Recordings]

    Recorded in 1999, released only now? Here’s
    the story from the mouth of the (Thirsty) Ear:
    the quartet had completed a European tour and
    wanted to lay down a studio capture of where
    they were at, but “after a few futile attempts
    to record the DSW Quartet came to a realization
    that the only way to match their energy level
    was in a ballad mode which caught everyone by
    surprise.” Ware seems super-fluid on this
    release, sometimes his tenor moves like one
    of those New Year’s party horns, it rolls out
    quick and back. Shipp is mostly florid and
    full in arpeggiating out melodies, slow and
    dark ballads as per the title, kind of brings
    to mind his work on the outstanding “New Orbit”
    Evidently Guillermo E. Brown had just joined
    the four on drums, sounds excellent on this.
    William Parker…anchor…depeptively deep!
    With three covers (including “Tenderly”) this
    release might be a bridge to some of the jazz
    fans up the dial…it has an overall sweetness
    to it…tuxedo friendly but will still burn
    holes in your old jeans a la the Hard-Ware!
    Enjoy this Any-Ware.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 16, 2006 at 7:45 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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