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David S. Ware String Ensemble - Live in the World (3 Concerts)
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David S. Ware String Ensemble

Live in the World (3 Concerts)

Thirsty Ear Recordings

Released: 11th April 2005 | 15 track pop album
Powerhouse saxophonist David S. Ware first started playing in the '60s (he even attended Berklee for a couple of years) before going on to play with Cecil Taylor. It was in the late '80s though that he really started to carve out a name for himself with a series of exceptional albums that would gradually see him define his own 'classic quartet'. It was this quartet of pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker and drummer Susie Ibara that would record his mid-90s masterpiece 'Godspellized' one of the most powerful statements of the new avant-garde which also hinted at a more straight ahead focused approach to his music. This triple CD whammy: his first ever live recording - charts the evolution of Ware and his quartet featuring as it does scalding sessions with Matthew Shipp and William Parker and his three great drummers, Susie Ibara, Hamid Drake and Guillermo E.Brown. Many critics have heard Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane in Ware's playing and it is certainly true that he shares a deeply spiritual approach to his music with these great masters but Ware also draws on the deep well of Sonny Rollins and this link is most explicit in his towering version of Rollin's Freedom Suite heard here recorded in Milano, Italy in late 03. David S.Ware has been somewhat critically overlooked in the UK but the release of this set, his second release for Thirstyear should see him claim his place amongst the contemporary greats.'
"Apart from Sonny Rollins, whose Freedom Suite is reinterpreted on the last of these three live CDs, Ware is America's greatest living saxophonist. He follows the discordant, ecstatic tradition of Coltrane or Albert Ayler, and his playing is unashamedly spiritual, though his passionate improvisations suggest a deity more likely to batter your heart, leave your hair in a mess and split without making breakfast than save your soul. Each disc sees Ware's usual collaborators, the pianist Matthew Shipp and the bassist William Parker, combine with a different drummer, of whom Hamid Drake is the most impressive. Four stars"
STEWART LEE, Sunday Times review