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'Remember me, my dear' reunites the atmospheric collaboration of Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble / JazzTimes

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There is rich history to the pairing of Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and British early-music vocal team the Hilliard Ensemble, history that resonates in every nuance of their latest (and, we presume, last) collaboration, Remember me, my dear.

Garbarek, David James (countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Steven Harrold (tenor), and Gordon Jones (baritone) worked together on 1994's stately, experimental Officium and 2010's Officium Novum. Like Remember me, my dear, those albums' radical dissections of early classical music and its contemporary cousin resonated with holy harmonies, allowing both saxophonist and singers to soar as one sheet of sound, though acting separately from the other. 

Recorded during their final tour together in 2014 at the Chiesa della Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Stefano in Bellinzona, in the Ticino canton of Switzerland-shortly before the Hilliards disbanded permanently-Remember me, my dear isn't radically different from their previous work. But the monastery atmosphere that gave their studio work a dank chill is warmed here.

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