On October 28, AUM Fidelity
will release Live in Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004
, the second volume in its David S. Ware
Archive Series, and first release of the saxophone master in rare duo performance with fellow master of music, pianist Matthew Shipp
. Though they shared 17 years together in the legendary David S. Ware Quartet (along with bassist William Parker
and a series of drummers), Shipp recalls that he and Ware performed duo concerts perhaps six times at most during that period. Thankfully, on this latter-day occasion at Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz
in Sardinia, their work together in this form was professionally recorded.
This concert is one continuous long-form improvisation in two parts; it spans an incredibly wide range of approaches and dynamics. The ecstatic deep listening experience of free jazz performed at a highest level avails itself here in full. Their delightfully pithy “trading fours” encore to the concert is also included. Obviously the very deep levels of communion which were developed within the context of Ware’s Quartet inform this work. In equal evidence is each of them embracing the leaderless duo context, challenging and expanding their mutual language throughout. The wonderful portrait of Matthew & David featured on the album cover was taken by world-renowned New York City-based photographer Sylvia Plachy
, and Matthew Shipp contributed liner notes.
Following David’s untimely passing in October 2012 on the eve of his 63rd birthday, it was understood necessary to continue releasing singular works of great magnitude in order to further radiate his distinctly potent sound and vision. David S. Ware’s work was a foundational inspiration for the AUM Fidelity
label, and its mission continues strong with this vital DSW-ARC series.
Some words on Birth of a Being (Expanded)
(rel. November 2015), inaugural release of the David S. Ware Archive Series:
“Rhapsodic. That’s the first impression of this music, and one that would define many listeners’ engagements with Ware’s music over his renowned career. Music that is unflaggingly exuberant, inventive and intense throughout. Packaged gorgeously, too; it’s an essential release.”—Jason Bivins, Point of Departure
“No one exerted a more powerful center of gravity in avant-garde jazz over the last 35 years than the tenor saxophonist David S. Ware. This two-disc set gathers his earliest studio recordings, made in 1977 with the fearless trio called Apogee. The music is volatile, blazingly spiritual and fiercely in the moment.”—Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“Best of 2015: Archive Releases. A tough and finely drilled group on top form.” —The WireNOTE: The Soundcloud player below is a sneak peak" series of eight excerpts from the album.