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Re: “The debut album of brilliant tenor saxophonist David S. Ware is back in print

Thank you Peter for shining light on this tremendous release, and for having consistently covered the astonishing work of David S. Ware for the past quarter century. Great to have links herein to your coverage over the last 15 years of David's creative life, tracing an ever ascending arc; cut short only by his passing.

Noting.. the instrument Cooper-Moore plays on his included solo piece is an ashimba: an 11-tone wooden xylophone which yes, he designed, built and named. There's a more recent vintage picture of C-M with his ashimba here:

And, clarifying time-line in first paragraph above.. David's two Homestead albums and the first AUM Fidelity were released contemporaneously with the last pair of DIW sets & prior to Branford Marsalis signing him to Columbia. Apparently it was a copy of the DSW Quartet's "Dao" album (which, you sir, wrote the fine liner notes for!) that first flipped Branford on to David's work, leading to his signing. By the time Ware's second Columbia album was being prepped for release, Columbia Jazz was in the process of being dismantled. A great shame too, as "Surrendered" ought to have pulled a whole lot more listeners into the illuminated fold.

-Steven Joerg / AUM Fidelity

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Posted by Steven Joerg on 02/07/2016 at 4:09 PM

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