Free at Last

Avant-jazz titans the David S. Ware Quartet triumphantly disband—sort of

Guillermo Brown, the group's fourth and final drummer (and a composer in his own right, combining avant-jazz with laptop electronics), feels that moving beyond the quartet is ultimately a positive thing. "It's like Broken Social Scene or Wu-Tang, man—the pieces break out," he says. "Every member of the group has their own strategies for the music and the scene and for jazz in general. I don't have any fears about the state of the music. We're out here doing stuff, and there's people outside the group who may have a chance now, because of the absence of the group, to say something and add to the discussion, the cacophony, the multitude of voices."


One iteration of the David S. Ware Quartet: From left to right, William Parker, (former drummer) Susie Ibarra, Matthew Shipp, and David S. Ware of the David S. Ware Quartet
photo: Michael Galinsky
One iteration of the David S. Ware Quartet: From left to right, William Parker, (former drummer) Susie Ibarra, Matthew Shipp, and David S. Ware of the David S. Ware Quartet

Ware performs at Iridium July 13–14 in a new quartet featuring guitarist Joe Morris, bassist Keith Whitty, and Guillermo Brown on drums, iridiumjazzclub.com

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