Friday, July 27, 2012

David S. Ware/Planetary Unknown - Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011 (AUM Fidelity, 2012)

Saxophonist David S. Ware first convened the Planetary Unknown group last year for an album of the same name. Joining forces with William Parker on bass, Cooper-Moore on piano and Muhammad Ali on drums the made for a very powerful unit on that studio outing. This album captures the group improvising life and unfettered before an exuberant audience at the 2011 Sallfelden Jazz Festival. The music is spontaneously improvised in a three part suite called “Processional.” Part One is an extraordinary 33 minute improvisation, which develops through several improvisational movements but the whole band collective sections are particularly stunning with Ware’s extraordinarily authoritative tone cutting like a lance over Cooper-Moore’s unique piano accompaniment and the elastic rhythm of Parker and Ali. Part Two continues in the same fashion with a lengthy collective improvisation. Part three is the shortest on the album, but goes in a different direction, building from the bottom up with bass and percussion before Ware enters slowly, building a bruised and wounded tone that ends the concert with a sense of majestic beauty. This was a really very exciting album and is highly recommended. This group has come together as an organic unit that is creating in the moment and unbound by convention and expectation. Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011 - amazon.com

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