8

Daniel Herskedal and Marius Neset: Neck Of The Woods

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Daniel Herskedal and Marius Neset: Neck Of The Woods Saxophonist Marius Neset and tubist Daniel Herskedal have crafted an unusual and fascinating debut album, combining their chosen instruments and occasionally, the human voice, to create some atmospheric and intriguing sound-worlds on Neck Of The Woods.

Although both musicians are Norwegian, the pair met while studying at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, an institution that has played a major role in the development of contemporary jazz in Europe. Both men joined Django Bates' StoRMChaser and recorded with Bates, an ex-Rhythmic Conservatory professor, on Spring Is Here (Shall We Dance) (Lost Marble, 2008). They have also released albums under their own names, including Neset's Golden Xplosion (Edition Records, 2011) and Herskedal's debut City Stories (NORCD, 2010).

Herskedal's original compositions predominate on Neck Of The Woods, the tubist gaining six credits to Neset's three. There's also a cover of Abdullah Ibrahim's "The Wedding," a gentle, spacious rendition that stays close to Ibrahim's version on Water From An Ancient Well (Tiptoe Records, 1986) which featured Ricky Ford on tenor sax.

While Herskedal and Neset are always enjoyable, when the duo combine with the human voice the music verges on the sublime. When the Svanholm Singers, a 20-member male choir, join the musicians they create an ethereal, other worldly atmosphere. On Herskedal's "Neck Of The Woods" the effect is calming and meditative. The combination of saxophone and choir on the melody of "The Christmas Song," another of the tuba player's tunes, invokes the spiritual quality of the festival effortlessly. Herskedal's tuba line—at times almost imperceptible—gives the song a homely, comforting feel.

The album's centerpiece is the traditional song "Eg Er Framand." Arranged by the duo, it features Hallvar Djupvik's pure, emotive tenor vocal. Herskedal and Neset build a mysterious, melancholic atmosphere before Djupvik enters to tell the tale of the stranger who seeks peace. It's a beautiful song, given added pathos by Neset and Heskedal's arrangement and Djupvik's voice.

Herskedal and Neset repeatedly demonstrate the wealth of sounds and moods that can emerge from the interactions between tuba and saxophone. Neck Of The Woods is an uncompromising album, but it's never an inaccessible one.

Track Listing: Neck of the Woods; Preludium; Lutra Lutra; Eg Er Framand; The Shepherd; Ara's Dance; The Christmas Song; Dragon's Eye; Introduction to Swan Island; Swan Island; The Wedding.

Personnel: Daniel Herskedal: tuba; Marius Neset: saxophones; Svanholm Singers: vocals (1, 7, 10); Hallvar Djupvik: solo vocal (4).

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Edition Records


Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read Numbers CD/LP/Track Review Numbers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2017
Read Copenhagen Live 1964 CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 30, 2017
Read The Busker CD/LP/Track Review The Busker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 30, 2017
Read Pathways CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by Jerome Wilson
Published: May 30, 2017
Read This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People CD/LP/Track Review This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: May 29, 2017
Read Nigerian Spirit CD/LP/Track Review Nigerian Spirit
by James Nadal
Published: May 29, 2017
Read "American Tunes" CD/LP/Track Review American Tunes
by Mike Jacobs
Published: June 11, 2016
Read "Lost Signals" CD/LP/Track Review Lost Signals
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "This is Life" CD/LP/Track Review This is Life
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 29, 2016
Read "Resolution" CD/LP/Track Review Resolution
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 15, 2016
Read "Feather" CD/LP/Track Review Feather
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "Piano Song" CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
by Troy Collins
Published: January 26, 2017

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!