September 18, 2012 – 4:25 am

David S Ware R.I.P. 1949-2012

Here is a statement from Patricia Parker, wife of Ware’s long-time collaborator bassist William Parker, shared on’s bulletin board: “Tonight, a giant has fallen. David S. Ware, the great saxophonist, died tonight, October 18, 2012. What an incredible loss! What a great musician and spirit! His tremendous sound, his spirit, his music, is irreplaceable.”

According to the wikipedia, suffering from kidney disease, Ware was able to undergo a successful kidney transplantation at the age of 60, after receiving a kidney donated in response to an email message sent out to nearly 1,000 of Ware’s fans. Ware died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, aged 62.

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Vision Festival Highlights 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live in New York, June 8 and 10, 2011 and broadcast on BBC Jazz On 3, June 27, 2011. Ex FM stereo.

The Vision Festival is organised in New York by Arts For Art Inc (click here). This is what they do:

Arts For Art, Inc. is a not-for-profit, multi-cultural organization whose purpose is to build awareness and understanding of avantjazz and related expressive movements while encouraging a sense of community amongst artists and their audiences. Our principal activities are the presentation of innovative, creative music, dance, multi-media performances, spoken word, and the exhibition of visual arts and through educational efforts involve a new generation.

Avantjazz has gone world-wide, gaining audience and artists from all cultures. Thus our programming reflects the development of avantjazz into a multi-cultural music. From the beginning Arts for Art and the Vision Festival have carried a clear message of social awareness. The very institution of Arts For Art is an act of self-determination. AFA holds to the belief that art really moves people and that to move people is a powerful political act.

See that phrase at the end of the quote “to move people is a powerful political act”? There’s not a single word spoken in any of the music performances. Wordless, all instrumental jams that help you see music outside of its popular constraints - the three-minute time limit, the structure of verse-chorus-verse, the image engineering vital for television and the internet, all are absent here. What’s on offer is the radical idea that you can be different, unconventional and, in other words, brave, bold and daring.

If your city hasn’t got an avantjazz scene or any scene that stands up for individualism, or a multitude of different scenes and different voices offering a variety of opinions then what have you got? The BBC headed out west to record this event and to broadcast it back in the UK. Spread the word.

A bit more from Arts For Art Inc:

(Avantjazz) is not a freedom from melody or composition or rhythm. It is the freedom to choose any musical tradition or vocabulary as part of their palette. This aesthetic extends to all art forms presented by Arts for Art, as we inspire and help evolve art and thinking.

So who’s afraid of thinking? Shared by TomP on Dime, June 2011. The FLAC version is here.
- The Little Chicken

Thanks also to:
Picture of David S Ware by Luca d’Agostino, posted at
Picture of Peter Evans by Dave Kaufman, posted at

320k AAC > Abyss i-Stream recorder (44.1k wav) > Nero (edit) > TLH (flac 6 + SBE/decode check)
Editing: Trimmed most of the announcer and chat, volume / balance adjustments and tracking

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Pulverize the Sound
Peter Evans (trumpet)
Tim Dahl (electric bass)
Mike Pride (drums)

Track 101. Frank Anthony 8.27 (13.5MB)
Track 102. Echo 8.52 (14.2MB)
Track 103. 24 Beatdowns (Part 1: #1-12) 6.58 (11.1MB)

Track 104. Poem #1 2.59 (4.7MB)
Excerpt from New Visions/Wandering Visions @ Rest by Steve Dalachinsky

Paradoxical Frog
Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone)
Mat Maneri (viola)
Kris Davis (piano)
Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

Track 105. Frog Expanded 1 > Masterisk 25.59 (41.6MB)
Track 106. Announcer (Radio + Stage) 1.06 (1.7MB)

Disc 2
Planetary Unknown
David S. Ware (tenor saxophone)
Cooper-Moore (piano)
William Parker (bass)
Muhammad Ali (drums)

Untitled (42:05) : includes a short outro
Track 201. Part 1 (33.2MB)
Track 202. Part 2 (16.7MB)
Track 203. Part 3 (17.4MB)

Track 204. Poem #2 2.21 (3.7MB)
Excerpt from New Visions/Wandering Visions @ Rest by Steve Dalachinsky

David S Ware and Planetary Unknown with Cooper-Moore, William Parker and Muhammad Ali, Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011 (AAUM074) can be purchased here.

The self-titled Paradoxical Frog album was released in 2011. Buy it here.

Peter Evans’ Beyond Civilized And Primitive is a limited edition of 500 copies released on the UK’s Dancing Wayang label in 2011. Look for a copy here.

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  2. The Paradoxical Frog CD can be ordered directly from the label (who ships free to the US) at a better price than that offered on Amazon:

    By Evil dr.Louie on Sep 18, 2012

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