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DAVID S. WARE / APOGEE....Birth Of A Being (Expanded) .AAUM096/97 (DSW-ARC01)

2CD $20
(First Edition - 1500 copies;
deluxe 8-panel digipak)

Disc One – Birth Of A Being
1 .Prayer .(10:54)

2 .Thematic Womb.(16:34)
3 .A Primary Piece #1 .(13:48)
4 .A Primary Piece #2. (12:00)

Disc One – Birth Of A Being (Expanded)
5 .Prayer [alt. take]. (12:07)

6 .Cry .(14:06)
7 .Stop Time .(17:05)
8 .Ashimba * [C-M]. (2:30)

.Solo .(6:56)

All compositions (except *) by David S. Ware;
published by Gandharvasphere/Daswa (ASCAP)

David S. Ware: tenor saxophone
: piano, ashimba on *
Marc Edwards
: drums

Original sessions produced by David S. Ware
with Cooper-Moore

Recorded by Fred Seibert
at C.I. Recording, NYC on April 14 & 15, 1977

This edition produced by Steven Joerg
Newly mixed with (definitively so)
and mastered by Mchael Marciano
at Systems Two, Brooklyn in July 2015

"No one exerted a more powerful center of gravity in avant-garde jazz over the last 35 years than the tenor saxophonist David S. Ware. This two-disc set gathers his earliest studio recordings, made in 1977 with the fearless trio called Apogee. The music is volatile, blazingly spiritual and fiercely in the moment." –Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Read the whole of this outstanding & very personalized review, written by a fellow saxophonist and posted at Jazz Right Now

"The interactivity between the musicians is excellent: even when the music is at its most torrential, the long hours of practicing pay off with startling empathy. The power and the commitment that Ware shows to the music are extraordinary. This is an outstanding re-issue of music that demands to be heard, by a master bursting onto the scene fully formed. For anyone interested in free jazz this is as good as it gets." –Tim Niland, Music and More

"Rhapsodic. That’s the first impression of this music, and one that would define many listeners’ engagements with Ware’s music over his renowned career, sadly cut short a few years ago. Music that is unflaggingly exuberant, inventive and intense throughout. Packaged gorgeously, too; it’s an essential release." –Jason Bivins, Point of Departure

"David S. Ware was a fully formed musician by the time he made his first recording as a leader. His ideas were every bit as forceful then as they were on his albums recorded two decades later. Ware picks up where John Coltrane left off, employing his spiritual approach and taking his force majeure to the next level." –Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes

"5-Stars. For the sessions collected here, the group brought its collective approach to improvisation to themes composed by Ware. The results are extraordinary, from the rousing gospel of 'Prayer' to the wilder shores of the two-part 'A Primary Piece'. Ware's thick tone packs a real emotional punch, while his lines range from gorgeous lyricism to head-spinning abstraction. Cooper-Moore, who would remain a regular collaborator, is a volcanic presence, as is the under-sung Marc Edwards who combines the freedom of a Sunny Murray with the propulsion of a Tony Williams. The previously unreleased material on disc two is equally great: an essential free jazz release." –Stewart Smith, The List

"Although the substantial body of work that Ware amassed in the latter part of his life more than suffices to secure his place in the pantheon of saxophone giants, this excellent debut, enriched by a bonus disc of previously unreleased material from the sessions, provides a rich portrait of a lavishly gifted young man with a horn." –Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise

"8/10 Stars. This demonstrates the extent to which Ware's concept of gathering the energy of uncompromising (but empathetic) accompanists and projecting it through his tenor saxophone improvisations had already been formed. Even though Ware's huge tone puts him at the center of the sound field, this is collective music, shaped just as much by pianist Cooper-Moore's quick runs and Marc Edwards' surging drums. An extra CD of outtakes improves upon the original by illustrating the depth of the trios' lyricism." –Bill Meyer, Magnet

"Best of 2015: Archive Releases." –The Wire

Birth Of A Being (Expanded) presents the essential first studio recordings of incomparable tenor saxophonist David S. Ware as a bandleader. This work was created in New York, in April 1977, when Ware was 27 years old. The first disc features material originally released on LP in 1979 by the Swiss label, hat Hut Records, and has been out of print for over 30 years. The second disc is a full additional album of top-shelf material from those same sessions that have never been released in any form. This definitive edition was sourced from the original analog 8-track tapes, and was newly mixed & mastered in 2015. Crucial material. Stunning performances & fidelity.
Ware’s band here, featuring Cooper-Moore (né Gene Ashton) on piano and Marc Edwards on drums, was known as Apogee. This incessantly active collective trio initially formed in Boston (all three attended college there) in 1970; they relocated to New York in the early 70s to create their own space within the jazz loft scene of the time. In 1973 Apogee was invited by Sonny Rollins to open for him at the Village Vanguard. Not long after arriving in New York, Ware began performing extensively with Andrew Cyrille’s group Maono, and, together with Marc Edwards, joined the Cecil Taylor Unit. Numerous tours of the U.S. and Europe with these groups followed, during which time Ware developed the resolute desire to record his own music. In 1977, at Ware’s request, Apogee reconvened for one last time in order to do so, and to finally document their work together in a studio setting. 

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Birth Of A Being could not be a more perfect title for these recordings, as it was here that David S. Ware’s concepts for jazz ensemble were first elucidated – concepts which would continue to blossom within the legendary David S. Ware Quartet, launched a decade after the initial release of this work. Birth features Ware’s compositions, and the mesh of Apogee’s deep foundation of collective synergy with his vision. Exceptional clarity, control, and utter logic in elocution; with intent to get to the breathing heart of music itself. The tenderness and intensity of feeling already on full display in all of his work here is humbling.

This 2CD set is the fitting first in a planned series of David S. Ware archival releases on AUM Fidelity; its release date coincides with the 66th anniversary of his birth on November 7. Released with full cooperation of and exclusive license from Setsuko S. Ware.

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