Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004

David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp

Medium: CD
Year: 2016

Availability: Out of stock



Live in Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 is the 2nd volume in AUM Fidelity’s David S. Ware Archive Series, and the first release of the saxophone master in rare duo performance with fellow master of music, pianist Matthew Shipp. Though sharing 17 years together in the legendary David S. Ware Quartet, Shipp recalls that he and Ware performed duo concerts perhaps a half dozen times in that period. Thankfully, on this latter-day occasion, their work together in this form was professionally recorded.

This concert is one continuous long-form improvisation presented 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. The very deep levels of communion which were developed within the context of Ware’s Quartet inform this work, but in equal evidence is each of them embracing the leaderless duo context, challenging and expanding their mutual language throughout. To the point: essential.