Saxophonist David S. Ware passed away 3 days ago at the age of 62. Here is a brief transcribed radio interview to help remember him. At last check there are at least 14 of his recordings currently available for download, so play some of his music while you’re at it.
A memorable Lee Konitz moment occurred just before we met. Stepping off the elevator on his hotel floor, I heard the faint sound of an alto saxophone gradually growing louder as I walked toward his room. I stood outside his door listening to him practice, transfixed by his sound and melodic variations. Eventually, he took a break, which broke the spell and I knocked. For this B&A (from the June, 2010 issue of JazzTimes ), the 82 year-old Konitz was characteristically outspoken and unguarded. Continue reading →