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Studio album by David S. Ware
Released 1996
Recorded May 2 & 3, 1996
Studio Sound on Sound, New York
Genre Jazz
Length 66:43
Label DIW
Producer Kazunori Sugiyama
David S. Ware chronology
Wisdom of Uncertainty
(1997)Wisdom of Uncertainty1997

Godspelized is an album by American jazz saxophonist David S. Ware recorded in 1996 and released on the Japanese DIW label. It was the first recording by the David S. Ware Quartet with drummer Susie Ibarra replacing Whit Dickey. The album includes a version of Sun Ra composition "The Stargazers".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars
(Crown award)[2]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek states "This is purely spiritual music, inspiring, moving, and deeply affecting."[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album one of its rare crown accolades and says that "only Charles Gayle, another William Parker associate, has managed to push the Coltrane idiom further out."[2]

The Wire placed the album in their "50 Records Of The Year 1996" list.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by David S. Ware except as indicated
  1. "Godspelized" – 15:44
  2. "Wisdomsphere" – 7:55
  3. "Inner Temple" – 6:40
  4. "Wisdom Through Time" – 7:54
  5. "The Stargazers" (Sun Ra) – 12:26
  6. "Eternal Faces of Brahm" – 11:44
  7. "Godspelized" – 4:20



  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. David S. Ware – Godspelized: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 1996 Rewind at The Wire