Marius Neset saxophones
Jim Hart vibraphone & marimba
Michael Janisch double bass
Herbert Pirker drums
“Chief heir to the tenor tradition of Jan Garbarek and Michael Brecker,” (All About Jazz) Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset has seen his profile explode on the European jazz scene and is now making serious waves in the States. Born into a family of professional classical musicians, the 32-year-old Neset was first known for his work with renowned British multi-instrumentalist Django Bates and as a founding member of the Scandinavian ensembles JazzKamikaze and People Are Machines.
Neset’s career as a bandleader has moved expansively, drawing upon his classical upbringing in the use of strings, winds, brass, and synthesizers in addition to the traditional jazz combo lineup, giving a unique signature to his spacious and dramatic compositions. His newest album for the ACT Music label, Circle of Chimes, features pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Anton Eger – two-thirds of the innovative British piano trio Phronesis – along with Beninese guitar luminary Lionel Loueke plus cello, flute, bass, and percussion. The UK’s Guardian calls the record “deft, poingnant, and jam-packed with ideas.”