TAO FLOW part 1 (21:06)
TAO FLOW part 2 (20:23)
Cover portrait by Sylvia Plachy
Liner notes by Matthew Shipp, June 2016
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.
Cover portrait by Sylvia Plachy; liner notes by Matthew Shipp
From the concert which this CD presents, photograph taken by Luciano Rossetti ©Phocus Agency
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 magntitude in order to further radiate his distinctly potent sound and vision. David S. Ware’s work was a foundational inspiration of AUM Fidelity, and its mission continues strong with this essential DSW-ARC series. As momentous catalog# AUM100, this release is also fitting as it was Matthew Shipp who personally introduced AUM Fidelity’s future founder Steven Joerg to David S. Ware back in 1994. That was the same year the wonderful portrait featured on this album cover was taken by world-renowned New York City photographer Sylvia Plachy.
Some words on Birth of a Being (Expanded), the inaugural release of the DSW-ARC 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.” –The Wire
“Although the substantial body of work that Ware amassed in the latter part of his life more than suffices to secure his place in the pantheon of saxophone giants, this excellent debut provides a rich portrait of a lavishly gifted young man with a horn.” –Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise