David S. Ware

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

David Spencer Ware, 7 November 1949, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. Before studying at the Berklee College Of Music in the late 60s, Ware had already begun playing several members of the saxophone family. He formed his own band, Apogee, and played in the USA and Europe with both Cecil Taylor and Andrew Cyrille, recording 1978’s Metamusicians’ Stomp with the latter. In his playing style, Ware makes few concessions to any expectations of melodic and lyrical performances. Rather, there is a forceful and aggressively up-front attitude akin to contemporaneous styles in pop and rock. As a consequence, therefore, Ware’s following tends to be strongest among members of his generation who are attuned to the dynamics of his style. There is often a thunderous presence to his music invoking aural images of Albert Ayler as torrents of notes pour forth threatening to overwhelm the unprepared listener. His acclaimed quartet features exciting players such as pianist...

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