Credits and About
Marius Neset saxophones
Ivo Neame piano
Jim Hart vibes
Jasper Høiby double bass
Anton Eger drums
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.
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…
‘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’ – Irish Times
'Birds is as fresh and vigorous as any music being made today and confirms the emergence of a remarkable talent'