David S. Ware: Live In The Netherlands
Ware's quartet, in its various reincarnations, has been a massive power-sharing collective of individual players who each are giants in their own right. In the absence of these external forces, Ware rises to the occasion and generates his own. His statements on Live have a sense of parallel reality. While at one level Ware may imply a certain melodic or rhythmic pattern, he intersperses these moments with extended flights offering a purely spontaneous feel. Because he's not letting all the rocket boosters drop free, these "dimensional" pieces retain a higher level of tension and release. It's the ever-shifting relationship between (admittedly abstract) structure and emotional release that sparks the greatest interest on Live.
Ware plays tenor in the Aylerian tradition (enough, already) with special emphasis on the "spiritual" aspects of the music. That includes a sense for the nostalgic shout and cryand, at the same time, a questing drive for enlightenment. He treads the ground between squeak and rumble very carefully, veering up or down to add color where needed. Ware's improvisations gush forth as extended (emotional) statements, rather than repeating themselves or getting caught up in the details . One can approach this music at many levels with repeated listeningsbut suffice to say there's a lot going on here.
Of course it's mandatory to offer a special caution to listeners who prefer their music restrained. Don't go looking here for any of that.
Track Listing: 4th Dimensional; 5th Dimensional; 6th Dimensional; 7th Dimensional.
Personnel: David S. Ware: tenor saxophone.
Record Label: Splasc(H) Records
Style: Modern Jazz