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Not to be confused with the Pulitzer Prize-winning, opera-writing Bay Area composer John Adams (though he always is), John Luther Adams is based in Alaska. A recovering drummer himself, JLA (as he is almost universally called) shared Lou Harrison's interest in the idea of using simple means to create music of immediacy and beauty. This album-length work, in nine continuous sections, floats over a cloud of harmonies that belies the activity beneath the surface, where four different tempos cycle through the piece. Lush and processional in nature, it does not sound like Lou Harrison, but it makes an effective, and affecting, statement about the late composer's importance to his younger colleague.