Futurist jazz with tubular bells and cello.
The unexpected is an important feature for saxophonist-composer Marius Neset. His music is inspired by saxophonists such as Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker – but also by Stravinsky and other classical composers – and balances on the borderline between jazz and classical.
His most recent album, Circle of Chimes from 2017, consists of music which Neset composed for a New Year’s concert with the Kölner Philharmonie. It played to a full house and was recorded the very next day. The website jazzinorge reviewed it as ‘a varied, virtuoso performance of music from what at the moment must be one of jazz’s freshest sources’, and describes the musical encounter with Andreas thus: ‘Neset lets two tubular bell notes create the melodic premiss, which gradually develops through a dramatic yet warm melodic statement from Brantelid’s cello.
Håkonshallen is also visited by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who premieres a new version of Prague’s Ballet, featured on the album, along with Neset and Brantelid. Andsnes also performs a selection from Debussy’s Estampes.
In 2017 Marius Neset received the German music award Echo Jazz for his album Snowmelt with the London Sinfonietta. For Circle of Chimes he was nominated in 2018 for Spelemannsprisen – the Norwegian Grammy Awards.
Marius Neset Quintet | Marius Neset saxophone | Ivo Neame piano | Jim Hart vibraphone, marimba | Petter Eldh double bass | Anton Eger drums | Andreas Brantelid cello | Leif Ove Andsnes piano