David S. Ware Quartet: Renunciation (2007)
It was on Ware's compositions that the band came together in full glory: Shipp's densely pounding calculus worked out on the keyboard; Parker's profound earthquake rumblings and staggering arco atmospherics; and the leader's mastery of his horn, from a lion's roar in free passages to the full-throated operatic vibrato he'd summon for ballads, Ware was constantly striving, questing and climbing. All that is here on this CD, as the band revisits the groove of "Mikuro's Blues, aims for transcendence on the opening "Ganesh Sound, stretches and explores in the three-part "Renunciation Suite and returns for one last short burst on the encore, "Saturnian.
Ware makes a clear point in his liner notes that he's renouncing the temporal, not the music of the Quartet. He considers himself to be a vessel, a conduit for a power greater than the earthly. Call him "nothing and he might take it as the ultimate compliment. The legacy of the David S. Ware Quartet, however, is truly something.
Track Listing: Introductions; Ganesh Sound; Renunciation Suite I; Renunciation Suite II ; Renunciation Suite III ; Mikuro's Blues; Ganesh Sound (Reprise); Saturnian.
Personnel: David S. Ware: tenor saxophone; Matthew Shipp: piano; William Parker: bass; Guillermo E. Brown: drums.
Record Label: AUM Fidelity
Style: Modern Jazz