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Reviewed by Jesse Austin

Chris Mason-Battley Group: Dialogos

Reviewed by Jesse Austin

Chris Mason-Battley Group: Dialogos

The Chris Mason-Battley Group have gone the distance with ‘Dialogos’. They have not just adapted some of John Psathas‘ suites, but more re-imagined them, telling a new story. The quartet of Mason-Battley on saxophones and EWI, David Lines (piano), Sam Giles (bass) and Stephen Thomas (drums and loops), have, as Psathas describes it, continued “the composing process”. Fragment: Dialogos takes inspiration from ‘View From Olympus’, being harmonically and dynamically quite similar, yet differing in terms of colour with a more mellow and soothing score. Psathas’ suite Songs For Simon, originally written for piano and tape, take more of percussive direction with Demonic Thesis: Dialogos beginning rhythmically frenetic and settling in a drum and bass-like pattern, while Drum Dances, Pt. 4: Dialogos ends in an intense, expressive climax. While also re-inventing the Calenture Suite and Inferno (also from ‘View From Olympus’), the Chris Mason-Battley Group have effectively re-composed some of Psathas’ defining works in a way that is fresh and inspiring.

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