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David S. Ware, RIP


The great saxophonist David S. Ware has passed at the age of 62. I knew he had been sick for a long time. He received a kidney transplant 2 years ago, donated by a fan, which goes to show the devotion of the followers of this titanic artist. I had hoped this would mean many more years for a man at the peak of his artistic powers, but alas, no. However, those additional two years of life meant some more great music. RIP.

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  • Vance Maverick

    RIP indeed. I heard him just once, with Matthew Shipp in Oakland in the ’90s, and will always remember it.

  • howard

    A frickin’ shame and a guy I only saw once.

    His version of sonny rollins’ “freedom suite” is a good place to start listening, and I would also recommend “corridors and parallels” and “surrendered.”

    • Surrendered is one of the best jazz albums of the last 20 years. I love that album.

      • howard

        as long as we’re talking about ware, we should note that his long-time bass colleague, william parker (who is on surrendered), is still alive and well and a total monster and shouldn’t be missed.

        • Indeed. I thought that album of Curtis Mayfield covers he put out awhile ago was pretty outstanding.

  • njorl

    Am I having deja vu, or did another jazz musician also die in Vilnius recently? I tried googling it, but evidently “jazz”+”Vilnius” is very common.

  • Captain C

    I caught Ware at the VisionFest in 2011. He and his band totally tore it up. We’ve lost another huge player.

  • parrot

    Bummer. RIP. Saw this guy years ago and he just about knock the hair off my head. I has big sad today. Thanks for posting this obit…

  • xaaronx

    An amazing musician. He will be missed.

  • roundguyisnotround

    Ow. One of my absolute favorites. Truly sad. Surrendered is phenomenal. I also loved his take on Rollins’ Freedom Suite.

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