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- Marius Neset? Better get used to saying it - this is a name you're going to hear a whole lot more. This astonishingly gifted 25 year old saxophonist and composer is releasing his second solo album on Edition Records and it will simply blow you away.
Golden Xplosion, also the title of Marius' band, features one of the hottest quartets anywhere. Pianist Django Bates barely needs an introduction. The names Delightful Precipice, Human Chain, Loose Tubes and now StoRMChaser, Django's latest project, will suffice. His playing here lends Golden Xplosion an orchestral quality and the textures he adds even on acoustic piano are just gorgeous. A member of Loop Collective, bassist Jasper Høiby's own Edition CD Phronesis was one of the jazz hits of 2009. Swedish drummer Anton Eger is another astonishing young musician with great time and explosive power yet capable of great subtlety too. Just listen to his brushwork on Sane.
Golden Xplosion also reveals what a fine composer Marius Neset is. The tricky time signatures on the title track may suggest Frank Zappa but they're not just for effect but to create a remarkable piece of music. Saxophone Intermezzo II is rich in atmospherics - imagine if Ellington had written Prelude To A Kiss in 2008 rather than 1938, it might just sound like this. Perhaps best of all is Angel Of The North. Its near-Baroque opening leads into an almost martial rhythm through pastoral keyboards to build to an anthemic climax.
- Marius Neset
- "Marius is an astonishing saxophonist. I love to hear him perform because he digests all the numerical games that drummers and bassists concoct and throws them straight back with harmony and melody attached. Performing in a band with Marius is like being on a bobsleigh team; his energy, speed of reflex, and superb technique enable him to keep changing up a gear, way beyond what one imagines humanly possible." DJANGO BATES
- 1 CD
release date. 2011-04-25