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David S. Ware: After the Storm

David S. Ware
David S. Ware
David S. Ware

There were torrential rains, and gusts up to 60 miles per hour, on the night in mid-March when saxophone icon David S. Ware played solo before an intimate crowd in Brooklyn. Seated in the cozy home office of host Garrett Shelton, a music industry consultant, Ware began with an assertive, enveloping improvisation on sopranino-a new horn in his arsenal-and followed it with an extended tenor display, rigorously developed, with mounting sonic power.

After he finished, Ware played up the salon-like atmosphere by inviting questions from listeners. Multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, Ware’s good friend and one-time roommate, who (like me) nearly missed the show on account of a subway power outage, was among the first to speak. He noted that the weather was also perfectly miserable on Oct. 15, 2009, the night of Ware’s previous solo concert. So one had to wonder, “What’s goin’ on with you, man?” Laughing, Ware pivoted to the subject of his friend and mentor Sonny Rollins, who once told him that severe weather is actually conducive to the playing of adventurous music.

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