On Monday, October 4th, eminent saxophonist David S. Ware will celebrate his September release, Onecept (AUM Fidelity), with a two-set performance at the Blue Note in New York. The recording, which marks Ware’s 50th anniversary as a saxophonist, is his first studio project since his May 2009 kidney transplant and features him on three different horns: saxello, stritch and tenor saxophone. Joining him in this trio, which made the recording in December and played live for the first time in June at Vision Festival XV, are fellow creative music veterans William Parker (bass) and Warren Smith (drums and percussion).
“We want spontaneous forms,” Ware explains in the liner notes for Onecept, which features nine collectively improvised tracks. “If you know the music well enough the forms can be spontaneous, they don’t have to be preplanned. There’s melody, there’s harmony, there’s rhythm. You can never get beyond those; you don’t want to get beyond those. But, by letting them be spontaneous, it gives the forms a greater opportunity to be new. That way you get beyond the known; you’re dealing with the pure intuitive qualities of making music.”
Active since the late 1960′s, Ware has performed and recorded with many notable figures, but he is best-known for his legacy as a leader, defined by his trademark sound, a devout spirituality and masterful interplay with his all-star ensembles. His discography features 25 titles under his own name, including 17 at the helm of the David S. Ware Quartet, which helped redefine creative improvised music throughout the 1990′s and beyond. His most recent release is the live solo recording, Saturnian (solo saxophones, vol. 1), released in March on AUM Fidelity.