How spontaneous or worked out are your improvisations? David S. Ware

David S. Ware
David S. Ware
Photo by David Katenstein, courtesy AUM Fidelity

My solos are just about completely spontaneous, but I may have a pure conception in mind for a particular solo. It may or may not be based around a key center. Usually, what I’m trying to do is overcome something. There’s something inherent in every moment, every melody, every concept. There’s always a problem that you need to overcome in order to free yourself from it. You want to be able to be completely spontaneous within those parameters. It’s not an "anything goes" concept. There are always parameters set by the melodies or by the chord changes or by the lack of chord changes. But, none of my solos can ever be repeated exactly the same way. It’s impossible. Each night is unique.