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David S. Ware Quartet


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David S. Ware was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on November 7, 1949. His early love of music was nurtured by some dedicated teachers at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He began his saxophone career on alto, and then switched to baritone, before finally settling on the tenor. “I had played in all the school bands, the whole way through junior high and high school : marching band, concert band, dance band and orchestras.” As a teen David was an ardent admirer of Sonny Rollins and struck up a relationship with the elder tenor player after seeing him countless times in the mid-’60s at the Five Spot and the Village Vanguard. The two practiced together intermittently in the ’70s in Rollins’ Brooklyn apartment; it was Rollins who taught young Ware the art of circular breathing in 1966.

By the late-’60s, David was attending music school in Boston and playing on the local scene with Stanton Davis, Cedric Lawson, Art LandeWhile in Boston, David met drummer Marc Edwards and pianist Gene Ashton (Cooper-Moore), and together they formed a group called Apogee.

David moved to New York in 1973 and became a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit in a group that included Marc Edwards, trumpeter Raphe Malik, and alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons. He performed with Taylor’s legendary Carnegie Hall large ensemble, toured with the Cecil Taylor Unit throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and recorded Dark To Themselves (Enja). Beaver Harris replaced Edwards on drums, which led to David joining Harris’ 360 Degree Music Experience ensemble. It was also at this time that David joined Andrew Cyrille’s group Maono.

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  • xbountyhunterx

    awesome quartet. cryptology, wisdom of uncertainty, godspelized and live in the world are also powerful releases in my opinion.

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
  • mrpulcher

    Renunciation is the most.

    9 Dec 2007 Reply

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