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Marius Neset | Birds


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MARIUS NESET saxophones
JIM HART vibes
JASPER HØIBY double bass

Additional musicians
INGRID NESET flute, piccolo flute


1. Birds 10:52
2. Reprise 03:26
3. Boxing 07:00
4. Portuguese Windmill 07:49
5. Spring Dance 02:29
6. Fields of Clubs 05:23
7. The Place of Welcome 04:36
8. Introduction to Sacred Universe 01:45
9. Sacred Universe 08:23
10. Math of Mars 05:02


Birds is the second album from Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, the winner a run of five star reviews from international press on the verge of becoming one of most exciting artists to emerge this decade. It is an absolute 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 composed passages. 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 of 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…

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‘Birds is as fresh and vigorous as any music being made today and confirms the emergence of a remarkable talent’. IRISH TIMES *****

‘The title track begins as playful and quirky as a blackbird song before developing a complex brass score. Spring Dance is a lyrical duet with Neset’s sister on flute. Neset’s melodic bop infuses Fields of Clubs, while Math of Mars is dreamy and Fanfare reminiscent of Aaron Copland. Outstanding’. OBSERVER *****

‘This is a breathtaking album, this final track leaving you breathless and one of those albums which you put on again immediately it ends’. YORK PRESS *****

‘Vibrant, bold and imaginative, Neset’s star continues its upwards trajectory’. IRISH EXAMINER *****

‘What’s striking is how teeming with influences the music is, from Nordic folk to American pastoral to Django Bates, Steve Reich and Wayne Shorter. You can find most of them in the epic opening title track, and there’s still almost an hour to go. As Anthony Burgess said of James Joyce: here comes everybody’. INDEPENDENT *****

‘Birds takes shape as a one-hour long suite, and is an example of the exceptional qualities the 28 year old saxophonist/composer has’. TERJE MOSNES, DAGBLADET ******

‘Neset is in my ears the biggest thing that has happened with the saxophone in Norway since Jan Garbarek in the 60s’. NETTABISE *****

‘Birds is an astonishing statement, not just of Neset’s prodigious talent on tenor and soprano saxophones but also of his fantastic reach and imagination as a composer’. HERALD

‘A masterpiece’. JAZZ SPECIAL

‘This hotly tipped Norwegian saxophonist has fearsome technique. His follow-up highlights his composing skills with a flurry of resonant tunes. Outstanding record’. TIMES ****

‘An early contender for record of the year. Highly recommended’. ALL ABOUT JAZZ

‘[With Birds] the young Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset has extended his talents. Each new step by Neset seems to take him forward by a big distance’. GUARDIAN ****

‘Recording’s emphasis is on composition, with unexpected turns and a broad romantic palette’. FT ****


All compositions by Marius Neset.
Except Fields of Clubs and The Place of Welcome by Marius Neset/Anton Eger.

Produced by Marius Neset and Anton Eger.
Recorded by August Wanngren at The Village, Copenhagen, April 2012.
Mixed by August Wanngren in We Know Music Studios.
Mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering.
Album artwork by Darren Rumney.
Cover photo by Kiran Ridley.

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