Artist: Marius Neset
Cat No EDN1040
Release date: 25th March (UK), 12th April (Germany)
Format: Limited Edition heavyweight vinyl, CD, download & HD 24 bit download
MARIUS NESET saxophones
IVO NEAME piano
JIM HART vibes
JASPER HØIBY double bass
ANTON EGER drums
INGRID NESET flute, piccolo flute
DANIEL HERSKEDAL tuba
BJARKE MOGENSEN accordion
TOBIAS WIKLUND trumpet
RONNY FARSUND trumpet
PETER JENSEN trombone
LASSE MAURITZEN french horn
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04 PORTUGUESE WINDMILL
05 SPRING DANCE
06 FIELDS OF CLUBS
07 THE PLACE OF WELCOME
08 INTROdUCTION TO SACRED UNIVERSE
09 SACRED UNIVERSE
10 MATH OF MARS
With his new album, Birds, he has taken a giant leap forward and produced an album that not only impresses but will place him on the verge of becoming one of most exciting artists to emerge this decade.
Its predecessor, Golden Xplosion, (released in April 2011) led to the saxophonist and composer becoming one of the most talked about newcomers on the European jazz scene. Described by Terje Mosnes (Dagbladet, Norway) as “the most talented Norwegian saxophonist since Jan Garbarek in the 1960s”, Golden Xplosion demonstrated both Neset’s exemplary technique, energetic creativity, imagination and virtuosity on tenor and soprano saxophones, as well as his brilliance as a composer of intricate, compelling music. It opened the doors to key festival appearances around Europe, but also touring in the US.
The new release Birds is a masterpiece, a through composed work that takes the listener on a journey, bringing together a world of influences with remarkable energy and creativity. It could sit as comfortably on a classical stage as in a jazz club. However, what impresses most is Neset’s ability to combine the freedom of improvisation with the very composed passages. This occurs most remarkably in Spring Dance, which features Marius’s highly talented sister Ingrid Neset on flute. There are elements of Stravinsky, Charles Ives, Steve Reich, Wayne Shorter, Django Bates and Michael Brecker, but most of all you can hear Neset’s original voice as he takes you through eleven compositions each with their own distinctive visual character.
Within each track there are many wonderful surprises. Highlights include the title track Birds where the opening melody is not played by saxophone but by Bjarke Mogensen on accordion, demonstrating Marius Neset´s influence by Norwegian Folk Music.
Birds is a further development of Marius Neset as a performer and bandleader. It is the perfect showcase of his brilliance as an inspirational and inspired composer. The stage is set…