The Freelance Mentalists.
Monday, October 29, 2012
  See The World
R.I.P.  D.S.W.
 
 
An Aquarian Sound mass heavy as the head of Ganesh,
an extensive, expansive momentum of massive sound:
the one known as David S. Ware is now gone, dead,
Surrendered to the hereafter he honored
eternally, constantly, heralded
with ecstasy-tortured strains & screams & banshee shrieks
like shimmering shards of shattering glass,
dangerous points, slices and edges to draw blood
by a man of renal, real pain who between the walls
he tore down deafeningly in the Samson Agonistic mode
along etheric sonic Corridors and Parallels
now abandons the planet, leaving silence to be filled:
Go See the World and find spaces of silence
filled with painful blinding light now without his sound
while with memory of the muse of a man
we mourn his joy and join his Flight of i.
 
 
 
--John Wojtowicz
 
Comments:
follow-up from John:
this past summer, without knowing that for medical reasons he had had to retire from playing, I went through a heavy DSW listening phase. I went to the humongous multimedia lending library here in town and borrowed 2 or 3 that I'd never gotten around to hearing, and listened to a bunch of others. The one CD out there that I'd recommend, if you don't already know it, also happens to be the most idiosyncratic of his oeuvre, namely "Corridors and Parallels". You can hear samples at either of these links:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/corridors-amp-parallels-mw0000591841

http://www.amazon.com/gp/recsradio/radio/B00005Q6KH/ref=pd_krex_listen_dp_img?ie=UTF8&refTagSuffix=dp_img

On this one Matthew Shipp is on kind of a Sun Ra tip. His moving from piano to organ for this record meant that instead of the band as usual having to fight to not sound like the John Coltrane Quartet (with Shipp having to channel Andrew Hill via Cecil Taylor in order to not sound merely like McCoy Tyner) makes the band sound totally different, and gives them a really spooky tinge.

My alltime favorite DSW track however remains the monster 31-minute version of "Aquarian Sound" that appears on "Live in the World":
http://www.allmusic.com/album/live-in-the-world-mw0000265210

, the release with the brilliant cover of Ganesh with his elephant trunk pictured as a saxophone.

Any version of DSW playing "Autumn Leaves" is not to be missed, and there are 2 or 3 tracks on his "Dao" album that are immediate classics.

-- j.w.
 
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