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David S Ware RIP

Free jazz tenor saxophonist David S Ware has died at the age of 62 after prolonged dialysis treatment and a kidney transplant in 2009.

Following a stint at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ware moved to New York City in the late 60s, and ended up working extensively with drummer Andrew Cyrille, then pianist Cecil Taylor in the late 70s. By the 80s Ware's luck had made a turn for the worse, driving taxi cabs to make a living. Ware came back to prominence with a string of solo releases recorded with pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker, reinterpreting the ecstatic mysticism and Black sci-fi strands in the earlier experiments of artists like Coltrane, Ayler and Pharoah Sanders.

Following a series of records on labels like Sweden's Silkheart, Homestead and Southern, Ware signed a record deal with Columbia in 1999, but more recently released work through smaller labels such as Aum Fidelity and Thirsty Ear. Aum Fidelity's website says that they will announce information about a memorial service soon. Ware has been covered in The Wire over the years and we'll soon be posting an article from our archives.