I don't know Coxhill, but I do have a healthy collection of David S. Ware in my library. Most of Ware's music is what I call Page Four Jazz. Someone who likes hard bop (Page Three) will recognize Page Four as music, but may find it very challenging. Ware played a very muscular, frenetic horn. You'll like it if you like the scratchy texture of his sax (I do) and if the way he slices and reassembles musical ideas does that avant garde thing to you (it does to me).
You can watch a very interesting short film about David S. Ware produced by the David Lynch Foundation. It includes Ware's voice along with William Parker. "Now Jazz is one of the world's greatest churches, for sure," Ware tells us. Don't miss it. You can also read a fine obituary at the Guardian.
Ware recorded Sonny Rollins' 'Freedom Suite' twice, once on an album of that title and again on Live In The World, a splendid avant garde document by the David S. Ware Quartet. Either is a good place to start for the wary looking for something accessible. These are fine examples of jazz in a classical format. I am playing the third movement from the Freedom Suite album. Here are the usual suspects:
- Bass – William Parker
- Drums – Susie Ibarra
- Piano – Matthew Shipp
- Tenor Saxophone, Producer – David S. Ware
- Bass – Nick De Geronimo*
- Percussion – Andrew Cyrille
- Tenor Saxophone – David S. Ware
- Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Ted Daniels*