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David S. Ware: Planetary Musician

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At the Vision Fest, the hour or so for which the trio played defied expectations. Even those who heard Ware's comeback concert in October of 2009, which would be documented on AUM Fidelity's Saturnian, would have been surprised. The music came to a boil, as Ware configured notes that structured a planar ascent that blew the roof off. He dipped into many bloated low pitches, but, then, as Ware pointed his tenor upwards to scream out an exceptionally refined high-pitch, drummer Smith raised his eyebrows in amazement, challenged as to how to keep up with the leader. The buildup, which Ware carefully plotted with as many notes as he could possibly fit in, was the Ware the audience knew so well. He had claimed a time to begin again, resorting his own musical ideas, realigning contextual priorities and improvising like never before, in the secure company of Parker and Smith.

Selected Discography

David S. Ware Trio, Onecept (AUM Fidelity, 2010)

David S. Ware, Saturnian (AUM Fidelity, 2010)

David S. Ware Quartet, Live In Vilnius (NoBusiness Records, 2009)

David S. Ware Trio, Shakti (AUM Fidelity, 2008)

David S. Ware Quartet, Renunciation (AUM Fidelity, 2007)

David S. Ware Quartet, Balladware (Thirsty Ear, 2006)

David S. Ware, Live In The World (Thirsty Ear, 2005)

David S. Ware String Ensemble, Threads (Thirsty Ear, 2003)

David S. Ware Quartet, Freedom Suite (AUM Fidelity, 2002)

David S. Ware Quartet, Corridors & Parallels (AUM Fidelity, 2001)

David S. Ware, Surrendered (Columbia, 2000)

David S. Ware Quartet, Godspellized (DIW, 1997)

David S. Ware Quartet, Tao (Homestead Records, 1996)

David S. Ware Quartet, Oblations & Blessings (Silkheart, 1996)

David S. Ware Quartet, Cryptology (Homestead Records, 1995)

David S. Ware Quartet, Flight Of I (Columbia, 1992)

David S. Ware Quartet, Great Bliss, Vol. 1 & 2 (Silkheart, 1991)

Photo Credits

Page 1: John Rogers, courtesy of David S. Ware

Pages 2, 3: John Sharpe

Page 4: Dimitri Medvejev, courtesy of David S. Ware



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