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David S. Ware Trio
David S. Ware, saxophones
William Parker, bass
Warren Smith, drums

Tonight at his return Blue Note New York appearance, world-renowned saxophonist / bandleader / composer David S. Ware celebrates the release of his brand new studio album, Onecept (AUM Fidelity). The album was made together with bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith, both of whom will be on hand for tonight's performances. Each set will be different – the intent is to let the forms of this new music express themselves by trusting in the collective skill of the assembled musical masters to manifest the majesty.

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 as his musical voice.

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 1973, David had moved to New York and became part of a circle of musicians, including Sam Rivers, David Murray, Butch Morris, Arthur Blythe, Don Pullen, Rashied Ali, and Frank Lowe, who were creating and cultivating their own loft-and-studio performing circuit at that time. Word of David’s potent voice on tenor spread quickly, resulting in a flurry of crucial work. He became a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit in a group that included Marc Edwards, trumpeter Raphe Malik and the great alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons, and performed with Taylor’s legendary Carnegie Hall large ensemble.

By 1981, David had toured Europe a half-dozen times: with Maono, the Cecil Taylor Unit, and even once with his own group, which included Beaver Harris, Gene Ashton and bassist Brian Smith. He had recorded three albums with Maono, including Metamusicians' Stomp and Special People for the Italian label Black Saint. 1981 was also the year that Birth of a Being was released, David's first album under his own name, an Apogee trio date with his compatriots Marc Edwards and Gene Ashton, for the Swiss label Hat Hut.

During the '80s, David's concerns as a saxophonist shifted away from the rush and fury of extended improvisations, and into the area of concentrated thematic development. David formed a trio in 1988 with Marc Edwards and the astonishing bassist William Parker, and recorded Passage To Music in 1988 for Silkheart.

In 1989, the David S. Ware Quartet was born. From that time forward, the only personnel changes have been the drummers. The '90s saw the full-on actualization of this group and the recognition of David S. Ware as a true saxophone colossus. A series of ground-breaking albums by the David S. Ware Quartet were released in rapid succession: Great Bliss Vols. 1 & 2 on Silkheart; Flight of i, Third Ear Recitation, Earthquation, and Godspelized on the Japanese label DIW; finally, Cryptology, DAO, and Wisdom of Uncertainty on the American labels, Homestead and AUM Fidelity.

In 1997, David was signed to the Columbia Jazz label by Branford Marsalis. The first album for Columbia, Go See The World, was released in 1998, and it was indeed as unrelentingly powerful as any Quartet record that had come before, meeting with great critical acclaim. The second album for Columbia, Surrendered, was recorded in October 1999 and released in May 2000. After COlumbia Jazz department's dissolution, ways were parted in December 2000. Wasting no time, AUM Fidelity brought David and the Quartet into the studio in February of 2001. These sessions were the first showcase for David’s interest in expanded sonic templates for the Quartet, and featured Matthew Shipp on synthesizer (on record) for the first time ever. The epic Corridors & Parallels album was the result, released in September 2001.

Shortly thereafter, the SFJazz organization commissioned Ware to prepare a new arrangement of Sonny Rollins' “The Freedom Suite,” especially for the David S. Ware Quartet to perform at their 2002 Spring Season.
After more than 15 years of performing with his quartet across Europe and the U.S., garnering a tremendous amount of critical acclaim along the way, the David S Ware Quartet had not yet released a live recording. Live in the World, released in 2005, was a three-disc offering taken from three different concerts.

In September of 2005, on the occasion of Sonny Rollins' induction into the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Mr. Rollins invited David and the Quartet to perform a section of "Freedom Suite" as part of the ceremony.

By the Spring of 2006, David had a new set of compositions prepared for the Quartet, and it was decided to record these pieces live in concert as well. The resulting album, Renunciation, was released by AUM Fidelity in April 2007 and was met with yet another round of acclaim from critics and fans alike.

October 15, 2009, David S. Ware made his triumphant return to the stage after a kidney transplant in a solo performance at Abrons Arts Center (NYC). This luminous concert – displaying an undiminished playing ability rich with new invention – was recorded and released in March 2010 as Saturnian (solo saxophones, volume 1).

In December 2009 Ware returned to the studio, fulfilling the original idea of marking his 50th year of singular saxophone artistry with a special recording date. The session featured David on three different saxophones with William Parker on bass and Warren Smith on percussion. This session was of the godhead and is being released as Onecept on September 14, 2010.

They will be performing live in concert for the 2nd time, celebrating the release of Onecept, on October 4th at the Blue Note, NYC!


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