Aum Fidelity To Release Ware / Shipp Recording

David S. Ware

Source: Aum Fidelity.

On October 21, AUM Fidelity will release Live in Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004, the 2nd 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 delighfully 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.