His album appeared on numerous ‘best of 2013’ lists, while his live shows have established Neset as a genuine new European jazz star.
Neset’s release of his debut album Golden Xplosion in 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) as ‘the most talented Norwegian saxophonist since Jan Garbarek’, Golden Xplosion demonstrated exemplary technique, energetic creativity, imagination and virtuosity on tenor and soprano saxophones, as well as his brilliance as a composer of intricate, compelling music.
Two years on and ‘Birds’ built on that success. Gaining new fans at every turn, the release appeared on an array of top albums of last year, earned a five-star review from the UK Guardian Neil Spencer, and predictions from that newspaper’s John Fordham that Marius Neset was on his way to becoming one of the biggest attractions in European jazz.
Possessed of a big, supercharged sound on the tenor, astonishing control and a steady stream of ideas, Neset shapes confident, pushy and questing solos over the fleet, pin-sharp playing of a rhythm section that features Jasper Høiby on bass and drummer Anton Eger.
His live performances in 2013 were revelatory, prompting one critic to make bold comparisons for the 28 year old Norwegian with such some of the great saxophonists in jazz history, proclaiming that “Neset sounds to me like he has moved the instrument on to a pinnacle every bit as difficult to reach and with as revelatory a viewpoint as Parker, Coltrane and Brecker.”
“… saxophonist Marius Neset is a marvel. He makes his instrument dance like a gazelle and soar like an eagle, and he’s an ingenious composer too”. Ivan Hewitt, TELEGRAPH (UK)- Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph
“Overwhelming – simply overwhelming! I’m totally blown away. Neset has gotten control of his ideas and I’m not afraid to say that he has created a masterpiece. Keep an eye on Marius Neset: he will become one of the biggest” – Niels Chriustensen, Jazz Special, Denmark