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, 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.
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