Tuesday, May 01, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-David S. Ware Quartet

Artist:David S. Ware Quartet
Song:Freedom Suite Movement 1
Album:Freedom Suite

Sax player David S. Ware made his name playing with Cecil Taylor in the 70s. He has led his own band since the 80s and continues to do that today. He was born Nov. 7, 1949 in Plainfield, NJ and grew up in Scotch Plains. He was a big Sonny Rollins fan and so he took up the sax and played in the high school band. After attending the Berklee School Of Music in Boston, he formed the band Apogee. He moved to New York in 1974 and drove a cab while trying to establish his music career. He recorded with Cecil Taylor, Andrew Cyrille and Barry Harris in the 70s. He continued to work as a sideman before forming his own band in 1988. He recorded two albums for Columbia produced by Branford Marsalis. Since the 90s he has recorded with pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker. The band has had several drummers but on this 2002 CD Freedom Suite, the drummer is Guillermo E. Brown. It's appropriate that one of Ware's best recordings is a version of the Sonny Rollins classic Freedom Suite. It was Rollins who inspired Ware to play tenor sax and they have been friends for years. Ware disbanded his band in 2007 but continues to record and perform. He underwent a successful kidney transplant in 2009. His latest CD Planetary Unknown was released last year and Amine Kouider's documentary David S. Ware: A World Of Sound can be seen on the David Lynch Foundation website. Here's David S. Ware performing Freedom Suite in Sardigna, Italy Sept. 1, 2004.

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