Following on from his hugely acclaimed albums ‘Golden Xplosion’ and ‘Birds’, both on leading UK label Edition Records, rising star saxophonist Marius Neset announced this week that he has signed exclusively to ACT Records.
Says ACT label boss Siggi Loch: – The discovery and support of new, outstanding talents, particularly of European jazz, was and is one of the core competences of ACT. The collaboration with Marius Neset now opens a new chapter in this endeavor.
“Marius Neset 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” – John Fordham (Guardian)
Born in Bergen, Norway, Neset moved to Copenhagen in 2003 to study at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory where he met British musician Django Bates, who became a hugely important figure in the early part of Neset’s career. Bates was quick to notice his talent, asking him to join his stoRMChaser big band and, later on, his small group Human Chain. Neset’s main project since 2005 has been JazzKamikaze. With its eclectic mix of jazz, rock, electronica and classical music, the group has had great international success playing concerts in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Africa.
From 2011 to date, Neset toured extensively throughout Europe, including performances at Molde, Copenhagen, Cork and Manchester Jazz Festivals as well as Germany’s Jazzahead! festival. His debut London concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho in September, was recorded for national broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and saw most major UK jazz journalist attend to see him perform to a sell-out crowd.
“Twenty-five-year-old 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
“Mark the name. At 25, this Norwegian saxophonist will surely be a major figure on the European jazz scene if this astonishing – and astonishingly personal – album is any indication”. Ray Comiskey – (Irish Times)