David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp – Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004

David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp – Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004

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[AUM100] (DSW-ARC02) - CD in deluxe 6-panel digipak. Edition of 1200. An elegant & beautifully printed package on heavyweight stock feat. vintage photos & liner notes by Matthew Shipp  /// CD is sold out /// Download at bandcamp includes full art & notes PDF

David S. Ware: tenor saxophone, composition
Matthew Shipp: piano, composition

"Stunning in its urgency, vitality, virtuosity, and coherence as a large scale work." –Point of Departure

"An absolutely riveting performance. .. a conversation that never loses its vitality." –The Free Jazz Collective

"4.5 Stars -- Rivers of sound that feel like they're doing millenia of geography-transforming work in a span of minutes" –DownBeat

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 / long-travel partner, pianist Matthew Shipp.

Though sharing 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 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; 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.

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 of AUM Fidelity, and its mission continues strong with this essential DSW-ARC series.

Deluxe 6-panel digipak features liner notes by Matthew Shipp, photos of this concert, and the beautiful cover portrait taken by world-renowned New York City photographer Sylvia Plachy.

1. Tao Flow (part 1) - 21:06
2. Tao Flow (part 2) - 20:22
3. Encore - 04:28

All compositions by David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp;
published by Gandharvasphere/Daswa (ASCAP)
& Matt Shipp Music (ASCAP)

Recorded on September 5, 2004 by Paolo Zucca at
Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz,
Sant’Anna Arresi, Sardinia, Italy
Mastered by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studio,
Brooklyn, June 2016
Cover Photo Portrait by Sylvia Plachy,
“Matthew Shipp & David S. Ware, 1994”
© Sylvia Plachy; all rights reserved; used by permission
Liner notes by Matthew Shipp
Produced for release by Steven Joerg