This energetic project features the exceptional contributions of Michael Brecker tenor sax, Haru Takauchi guitar, and Ray Vega trumpet. From upbeat and groove-laden Latin-tinged tempos to Fusion-laced jaunts, this CD holds many surprises. Just when you think you have a preconceived notion of a particular song, Harvie surprises you with a 180, developing his impressionism and reinventing his composition.
You can’t put this CD into a neat little "Latin" box or "Fusion" box, but Harvie offers some exemplary compositions, with each musician on this CD delivering fine performances throughout. The more I play this CD, the more I enjoy its unexpected diversity and melodic energy. Harvie’s "New Beginning" CD assures the listener that there is something going on beyond trying to put a label to it. There is pleasure in the listening and always something exciting around the corner.
Harvie S will be taking his project on tour (February/March 2002) to Denmark, Poland and Italy, but look for an upcoming feature interview with this outstandingly inventive bassist, composer and educator, right here on JazzReview.com.