DAO (album)

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DAO David Ware Cover.jpeg
Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 29, 1995
StudioSound on Sound, New York
HMS 230-2
ProducerDavid S. Ware
David S. Ware chronology
Oblations and Blessings

DAO is an album by American jazz saxophonist David S. Ware recorded in 1995 and released on Homestead. In contrast with most of the quartet's previous albums, they didn't undergo the usual rigorous rehearsals for the recording, getting into the studio the day after the Oblations and Blessings sessions. DAO was the fifth and last recording by the David S. Ware Quartet with drummer Whit Dickey, who would be replaced by Susie Ibarra.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 stars[3]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek states "This is a stunner, and a beautiful example of four musicians listening intently to one another in the process of discovery."[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that "DAO is Ware's attempt to create his own A Love Supreme, a connected sequence of highly spiritual themes for what was rapidly becoming a 'classic quartet'."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by David S. Ware
  1. "Interdao" – 6:22
  2. "Motif Dao" – 9:18
  3. "Rhythm Dao" – 7:00
  4. "Tao Above Sky" – 7:36
  5. "Dao Forms" – 18:16
  6. "Dao Feel" – 8:28
  7. "Dao" – 15:20



  1. ^ Original liner Notes by Peter Margasak
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. David S. Ware – DAO: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 1516. ISBN 0-14-051521-6.