Carlos Ward: A Tough and Lyrical Journey
Fundamentally, the association with Cherry was one of Ward's biggest assets: "Don would try to help mehe'd try to get other people who were working with him interested in doing something with me. I remember one time when he took me to Atlantic Records to meet Nesuhi Ertegun, and Don gave him some of my music to see if he liked it." The late 1980s were an artistically fruitful time for Ward, as in addition to working with luminaries like Cherry and replacing the departed Jimmy Lyons in Cecil Taylor's Unit, he finally recorded as a leader1988's excellent Lito, with Woody Shaw (Leo Records).
In working with some of improvisation's greatest synthesizers, Ward has been afforded unique playing situations, even if working conditions and recordings have been somewhat erratic. Despite taking the last few years off due to an injured playing hand, Ward has been readying himself for a return to the scene. Hopefully the near future will hold opportunities to bestow his musical knowledge on another generation of musicians, gleaned from a tough but lyrical lifetime.
Carlos WardSet for Two Don's (Puell, 1998)
Carlos WardLito (Leo, 1988)
Cecil TaylorLive in Bologna (Leo, 1987)
Don CherryDon Cherry (BBC, 1986/2002)
Abdullah Ibrahim and Carlos WardLive at Sweet Basil (Ekapa, 1983)
BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied) (Unidisc, 1975)
Dollar BrandAfrican Space Program (Enja, 1973)
Don Cherry/Carlos Ward/Dollar BrandThird World Underground (Trio/Nadja, 1972)
Rashied AliNew Directions in Modern Music (Survival, 1972)
Karl BergerTune In (Milestone, 1969)
Karl BergerFrom Now On (ESP, 1966)