David S. Ware: Live in the World (2004)
If I have one complaint, it's that Ware simply leaves the other players in the dust! As he goes further and further out, diving and swooping through the boldest and most audacious multiphonics and back again, it feels like the other musicians are simply waiting for his return, rather than joining him on the journey.
The first of two 2003 concerts, with the incomparable drummer Hamid Drake, brings the noise a bit more completely than disc two. Perhaps he simply adds the last bit of energy necessary to propel the others forward, while Susie Ibarra's work from 1998 thrives more on timbral exploration.
No more needs to be said of the group's rendition of Sonny Rollins' "Freedom Suite, this time with Guillermo Brown filling the drum chair, than that it is expanded to about an hour. The set as a whole is immense, powerful and satisfying in more ways than one could imagine. Apart from the breathtaking Wisdom of Uncertainty (AUM Fidelity, 1997), it documents most convincingly the raw power and creativity of this seminal group.
Track Listing: CD 1: Aquarian Sound; Logistic; Sentient Compassion; Mikuro's Blues. CD2: Elder's Path; Unknown Mansion; Sentient Compassion; Co Co Cana; Manu's Ideal; Lexicon. CD3: Freedom Suite: Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four; Stargazer.
Personnel: David S. Ware: saxophone; Matthew Shipp: piano; William Parker: bass; Susie Ibarra: drums (CD1); Hamid Drake: drums (CD2); Guillermo E. Brown: drums (CD3).
Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz