The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Sun Ra – Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
Pat Thomas – Plays the music of Derek Bailey and Thelonious Monk
Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans, Steve Beresford – Check for Monsters
David S. Ware – Shakti
Jamie Saft – Black Shabbis

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Update on the Health of David S. Ware

From David S. Ware’s update site, with my rough translation from French:

David’s operation may be pushed back. David must undergo new tests because an anomaly was detected with his lungs.

David S. Ware is currently in need of kidney replacement.

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Riti Records

Aum Fidelity is now distributing releases from Riti. Some newish releases below.


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David S. Ware’s Health Update

From Aum Fidelity:

Dear friends, fans and extended family of the AUM Community:

It is with much happiness to report some great news on David’s journey. The first of the beautiful people who came forward in response to the call for help – this particular beautiful person being Laura Mehr – has passed the screening process with flying colors, and a date – May 5th – has been scheduled for the kidney transplant operation.

In the 8 weeks leading up to this date, David will of course continue his intensive daily dialysis regimen, and following the operation he will have at least a 3 month recuperation period.

In response to our initial email, a number of folks inquired about sending donations to David to help cover expenses during this period of time in which he has not been and will not be able to work. Any such donations would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to do so:

You can PayPal to this address/account:
in which case, please include a simple note, “for David S. Ware support”
You can also send check or money orders made out to David S. Ware to:

……..AUM Fidelity
……..PO Box 170147
……..Brooklyn, NY 11217

To all who forwarded and posted our original email with the critical news of his search, please do the same with this notice and this URL:, in order that the good news be spread as well!

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AMN Picks of the Week

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

E.R.A. – Introducing…the E.R.A. (2008, free jazz)
Reut Regev – This is R Time (2009, creative jazz)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar – Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007, avant-rock)
Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature (2009, free jazz)
Bertram Turetzky / Damon Smith – Thoughtbeetle (2009, free jazz)
Alex Cline – Continuation (2009, jazz)
David S. Ware – Shakti (2009, free jazz)
Rick Helzer / Vinny Golia (Fancy Meeting You Here (2005, free jazz)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Live @ Largo (2009, jazz)
Squadra Omega – Tenebroso (2008, free form jam)
Squadra Omega – Rennesle Chateau (2008, free form jam)
Michael Riessler – Mirage (2009, modern composed classical / jazz)

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Pauline Oliveros
Album: Four Electronic Pieces 1959-1966
Label: Sub Rosa
Review date: Feb. 10, 2009

Artist: David S. Ware
Album: Shakti
Label: AUM Fidelity
Review date: Feb. 9, 2009

Artist: Henri Pousseur
Album: Electronic Experimental and Microtonal 1953-1999
Label: Sub Rosa
Review date: Feb. 9, 2009

Artist: Giuseppe Ielasi
Album: Aix
Label: 12k
Review date: Feb. 6, 2009

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New Release Tuesday

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Just a quick reminder that four highly anticipated albums are out today. Efforts by Alex Cline and Nels Cline have been released on Cryptogramophone, and recordings by David S. Ware (actually released 2 weeks ago) and the trio of William Parker, Gerald Cleaver and Craig Taborn are out on Aum Fidelity.

And, all four are available now on eMusic. Surf, download, repeat.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Flow Trio – Rejuvenation (ESP, 2009) ****

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
David S. Ware – Shakti (AUM Fidelity, 2009) ****½

Monday, January 19, 2009
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Apti (Innova, 2008) ****

Sunday, January 18, 2009
Erik Truffaz – Benares (EMI, 2008) ****

Saturday, January 17, 2009
Dennis González & Faruk Z. Bey – Hymn For Tomasz Stanko (Qbico, 2009) *****

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