"EVOCATIVE, RHYTHMICALLY STIMULATING, INCISIVELY ORIGINAL" ROBERT PALMER THE NEW YORK TIMES
"BETTER HURRY- (IT'S) THE SECOND DOUBLE ALBUM BY THE NEW EDITION FOR THE TAYLOR UNIT WITH SAXOPHONIST CARLOS WARD. IT'S EVEN MORE COLOSSAL THAN LAST YEAR'S LIVE IN BOLOGNA, IF ONLY BECAUSE WARD... PLAYS AS IF IN RAPTURE AT SEVERAL JUNCTURES, AND THE ENSEMBLE RESPONDS TO HIM AT FEVER PITCH". FRANCIS DAVIS, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
"LITO IS A REMARKABLE SET LED BY THE SAXOPHONIST CARLOS WARD...." BRIAN MORTON, WIRE
"ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE DEPARTURE OF THE SAXOPHONIST CARLOS WARD HAS CREATED A VACUUM. ONE REALIZES TODAY EVEN MORE THE EXTENT TO WHICH HIS PRESENCE HAD BEEN STIMULATING. LET'S SAY, HE IS THE SOUL OF HIS GROUP EKAYA WHILE WARD WAS ITS HEART." PHILLIPE RINSOZ, L'EST VAUDOIS, MONTREUX
"IN CARLOS WARD HE HAS FOUND AN UNDERSTANDING, POTENT ASSOCIATE WHO CAN SWING OUT FRONT AT DEVASTATING TEMPOS OR TAKE IT WAY DOWN". FRED BOUCHARD, DOWN BEAT, 1984 D. "LITO IS A REMARKABLE SET LED BY THE SAXOPHONIST CARLOS WARD...." BRIAN MORTON, WIRE,
"...THE ONLY ONE WHO WAS SUCCESSFUL...WAS CARLOS WARD. HIS FLUTE-PLAYING, CONTROLLED AND FULL OF SECRET FIRE. AND ON ALTO SAXOPHONE HE SUCCEEDED WITH MASTERY IN BRINGING THE FLORID, MELODIC LINES OF A JOHNNY HODGES INTO THE COMPLEX REALM OF NEW JAZZ, ESTABLISHING ILLUMINATING CONNECTIONS IN AN INTERPLAY OF ALMOST AMORPHOUS SWIRLS AND DELIBERATE CONFIGURATIONS." KLAUS ROBERT BACHMANN, JAZZ PODIUM
"ON 'LITO', A JAGGED, ANGULAR, AVANT GARDE COMPOSITION BY WARD, THAT SAME SURPRISE OF YESTERYEAR WAS EVIDENT AS WARD APPROXIMATED COLEMANS EXCITING TONE, CASCADING DELIGHTFULLY AGAINST CHERRY'S SPARE RIFFS. 'LITO' IS A LONG COMPOSITION, WITH A SONATA FORM THAT GAVE WARD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW OFF HIS FACILITY, A MONSTER AT ANY PULSE". HERB BOYD, THE GUARDIAN
THE REST OF THE EVENING WAS FIREWORKS AND THE CATALYST WAS WARD, WHOSE ALTO SOLOS SKYROCKETED BETWEEN REGISTER AND WHO WAS IN HIS NATURAL ELEMENT". FRANCIS DAVIS, 7 DAYS
"ABOVE THEM IS ONE OF NEW YORK'S MOST UNDERRATED SOLOSITS, THE ALTO SAXOPHONIST,-FLUTIST CARLOS WARD, WHOSE EVERY LINE SOUNDS SONGFUL AND URGENT" JON PARELES. THE NEW YORK TIMES, 1985.
CARLOS WARD SOUNDS LIKE A COMPLETE REED ENSEMBLE... HERB BOYD AMSTERDAM NEWS 1990.
THANKS FOR THE CALL, MILES...THANKS FOR THE CALL...
ALWAYS,
CARLOS
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