CD review: The Harvest - Page/Brown/Psathas

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2012
The Harvest - Page/Brown/Psathas
The Harvest - Page/Brown/Psathas

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THE HARVEST
Page/Brown/Psathas
(Rattle/Rhythmethod)

Rattle, which is surely deserving of a New Zealand music lifetime achievement award, tend to release albums in batches rather than dribs and drabs. 

Of note in their latest goodie bag is The Harvest, which features saxophonist Adam Page in two settings - The Harvest Suite and Like Picking Fruit.

The former is a collaboration with composer John Psathas and is by far the superior of the two pieces. 

Psathas tends towards the play of opposites where moments of melodic clarity are swept into tornadoes of improvised sounds.

Page is magnificent throughout, probing and exploring open and dense spaces in a fashion that is reminiscent of Jan Garbarek even if his collaboration with James Brown is a tad simplistic.

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