John Harle (Soprano and Alto Saxophones)
John Lenehan (Piano)
"Classical came alongside jazz and contemporary music in some of the best recordings of the year - and it wasn't a case of operatic
AOR from Malcolm McLaren. On a fine disc called Habenera, the saxophonist John Harle found a new and different edge on music
by Bartok, Satie, Poulenc, Bach and others; and one can only hope that there is more like that to come.
Habanera certainly qualifies as music to open ears, hearts and minds.
One of the records of the year".
"Harle's honeysuckle tone makes fragrant progress through a programme of short pieces that span Bartok (his stupendously beautiful 'Folksongs'),
French modernist Poulenc, Ravel, the odd jazz tribute and Satie's 'Gymnopedie 1'.
Much superb dynamic control and technical facility is displayed along the way, as is musical rigour: the title track, for instance,
being consistently blood-freezing throughout it's brief length because of it's hard-eyed determination that reflective music need not be
blandly passive. Investigate"