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Marius Neset | Golden Xplosion


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MARIUS NESET saxophones
DJANGO BATES keyboards, piano
JASPER HØIBY double bass


1. Introducing Golden Xplosion 2:00
2. Golden Xplosion 5:26
3. City on Fire 7:42
4. Sane 3:47
5. Old Poision (XL) 2:18
6. Shame Us 6:31
7. Saxophone Intermezzo 2:57
8. The Real Ysj 2:42
9. Saxophone Intermezzo II 2:22
10. Angel of the North 8:20
11. Epilogue 3:26

In April 2011 Marius Neset released Golden Xplosion, an album that led to the saxophonist and composer becoming one of the most talked about newcomers on the European jazz scene in recent years. At just 25 years old, he was described by Terje Mosnes in Norway’s Dagbladet as “the most talented Norwegian saxophonist since Jan Garbarek in the 1960s”, but it is the maturity in both his writing and playing, combined with the extraordinary energy and commitment he puts into every performance which really impresses.

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‘Marius Neset, the 25-year-old Norwegian saxophonist who surfaced in the UK last year with Django Bates (his teacher and mentor at Copenhagen’s Rhythmic Music Conservatory), not only combines Brecker’s power and Jan Garbarek’s tonal delicacy, but has a vision that makes all 11 originals on this sensational album feel indispensable, and indispensably connected to each other. Neset is on his way to being one of the biggest new draws on the circuit’. GUARDIAN 5/5 STARS (UK) *****

‘This is certainly a golden explosion of an album. Neset presents himself as a full-blooded young saxophone-lion with monster technique and a rhythmic capacity that he uses with overwhelming results… Neset is a young musician on an exceptional level…Golden Xplosion is an album which should establish Marius Neset at the jazz scene far beyond Scandinavia’. DAGBALDET (NORWAY)

‘Getting on to Django Bates’s favourite-sax list isn’t easy (it spans Charlie Parker to Evan Parker, with Iain Ballamy in the middle), but his star pupil at the Copenhagen Rhythmic Music Conservatory, 25-year-old Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, is there already. Neset’s imminent second album is a showcase for his virtuosity and genre-crunching openness’. GUARDIAN F&M PLAYLIST (UK)

‘Diversified young Norwegian sax sensation Marius Neset showed what the fuss is all about: remember that name’. SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT (US)

‘On Golden Xplosion Marius Neset seriously marks himself as a saxophonist and composer of international class. He deconstructs with greatness the jazz genre with his muscular and creative playing, and has his own signature in the room between avant-garde, fusion and bop’. GEIGER (DENMARK)

‘Golden Xplosion is a really strong album from a saxophonist that is really a master of his horn, and with a few exceptions, has written all the music himself. Explosive is the word’. DAGSAVISEN (NORWAY)

‘Marius Neset’s concert at Vossa Jazz confirmed the impression from his new album, Golden Xplosion: This is a saxophonist with so much energy and the ability to interpret, that he marks himself as something more than just “unusually talented”. On tenor and soprano sax, he delivered fast runs, along with lines with vitality and authority, and we are really looking forward to the continuation’. DAGBLADET (NORWAY)

‘Golden Xplosion is a wonderful album! An album where the musician is pushing it as far as it can go, and gives us saxophone-jazz of the highest class. Recommended!’.  JAZZNYT (NORWAY)

‘For the sheer multiplicity of event, the resplendently rich palette of sound and the incendiary aural thrill it detonates, Marius Neset’s Golden Xplosion is aptly named’. THE ARTS DESK (UK)

All compositions by Marius Neset.

Produced by Marius Neset.
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 Dave Stapleton.

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