The late David S. Ware was a fully formed musician by the time he made his first recording as a leader, Birth of a Being, in 1977. He was already blowing gale-force winds through his tenor saxophone on that recording, and his ideas were every bit as forceful then as they were on his greatest albums recorded two decades later. Birth of a Being-made with pianist Cooper-Moore and drummer Marc Edwards, a trio they called Apogee-has been out of print for 30 years. AUM Fidelity’s Steven Joerg has corrected that wrong with an expanded, two-CD set that reissues the original Birth of a Being on disc one and adds five unreleased tracks, including a second version of Birth‘s best song, “Prayer.”
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