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The Harvest, is a co-composition between Adam Page and myself comprised of two suites. The Harvest Suite features Adam on solo tenor saxophone played through various looping pedals and effects, while Like Picking Fruit is a duet with James Brown on guitar. Adam demonstrates his virtuosity on the tenor saxophone, utilizing looping pedals and effects to create mesmerizing layers of sound. Both suites are a deft, and at times near-invisible blending of composition and improvisation, and together they produce an album of rare honesty.  "I spent our studio time in awe of James and Adam. Listening to them go into those remote unchartered territories during the recording of Like Picking Fruit was something I'll never forget. They'd come out of the studio with a look in their eyes like explorers returning from months in the wilderness. And what a unique piece it is, rich and ingenious, fearless and uncompromising, but mostly, phenomenally musical.


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Harvest Suite: Sax & Loop Pedals
$ 60.00 NZD
After a work that combines pumping sax riffs and loop pedals? This product has you sorted. With this purchase you will receive a PDF of the complete score, including looping pedal instructions, for the multi-movement work Harvest Suite, created by Adam Page and myself in 2011. #Saxophone #Winds #Looping
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Harvest Suite

for Saxophone and Looping Pedals

Co-Composer: Adam Page

Instrumentation: Saxophone & Loop Station

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Tenor Saxophone
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"[An] enticing album - Page and Brown an intuitive and natural pairing who offer delightful as much as difficult listening on Like Picking Fruit - is a rarity in the New Zealand context.  And, as with other albums on the Rattle Jazz imprint in recent years, it points to a direction which might not be "jazz" for many, but which works off improvisation and mutual understanding between the players and producer (and engineer Lee Prebble) in an exciting way." - Graham Reid, elsewhere.co.nz