born on 1/5/1940 in Ancón, Panama
Carlos Ward (born May 1, 1940 in Ancón, Panama) is a jazz alto saxophonist and flautist. He is best known as a sideman.
Carlos Ward's first instrument was the clarinet at the age of 13 when he lived in Seattle, Washington, where he had relocated from Panama City. Later he attended the Navy School of Music and worked with Albert Mangelsdorff when he was stationed in Germany.
His first major effort was his work with John Coltrane in the period 1965-66, although not appearing on any records.
He recorded with Karl Berger's Quartet on ESP (1966), with Henry Grimes and Ed Blackwell. The same quartet, with Dave Holland in place of Henry Grimes, recorded for MIlestone in 1968.
He had a long-lasting association with Don Cherry: from The Third World (also with Abdullah Ibrahim) through his appearance as featured soloist on the 1973 recording of Cherry's Relativity Suite to the band Nu during the 1980s and beyond.
His duet association with pianist Abdullah Ibrahim has also been significant to his career.
Ward was a member of Cecil Taylor's group in the period immediately after altoist Jimmy Lyons death in 1986.
He also was a member of The Ed Blackwell Project, and led his own quartet in 1987.
- 1988: Lito
- 1994: Faces
- 1995: Live at the Bug & Other Sweets
- 1998: Set for 2 Dons
With Karl Berger
- From Now On ESP 1966
- Tune in Milestone, 1968
With the Ed Blackwell Project
- What It Is?
- What It Be Like?
With Carla Bley
- Dinner Music (Watt, 1976)
With Don Cherry
- Relativity Suite (JCOA, 1973)
- Multikulti (1990)
With Paul Motian
- Tribute (ECM, 1974)
With Don Pullen & The African-Brazilian Connection
- Kele Mou Bana (Blue Note, 1991)
- Ode to Life (Blue Note, 1993)
- Live...Again: Live at Montreux (Blue Note, 1993)
With Roswell Rudd and the Jazz Composers Orchestra
- Numatik Swing Band (JCOA, 1973)
With Abdullah Ibrahim
- The Journey (Chiaroscuro, 1977)
- African Marketplace (1980) as Dollar Brand
- Dollar Brand at Montreux (1980) as Dollar Brand
- Water from an Ancient Well (1985)
- South Africa (1986)
With Rashied Ali
- New Directions in Modern Music (1971)
- Cole, Bill (1976). John Coltrane. Schirmer. ISBN 0-02-870660-9.
- Lock, Graham (1994). Chasing the Vibration. Stride. ISBN 1-873012-81-0.
- Robert Palmer, "Jazz: Carlos Ward's Quartet", The New York Times, September 21, 1987.
- "ECM 1048". ECM Records. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
- All Music
- Clifford Allen, "Carlos Ward: A Tough And Lyrical Journey", All About Jazz, September 22, 2007.