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Marius Neset

In April 2011 Marius Neset released Golden Xplosion, an album that led to the saxophonist and composer becoming one of the most talked about newcomers on the European jazz scene in recent years. At just 25 years old, he was described by Terje Mosnes in Norway’s Dagbladet as “the most talented Norwegian saxophonist since Jan Garbarek in the 1960s”, but it is the maturity in both his writing and playing, combined with the extraordinary energy and commitment he puts into every performance which really impresses. Released on the British label Edition Records, and featuring a stellar lineup of Django Bates (keyboards), Jasper Høiby (bass) and Anton Eger (drums), Golden Xplosion won 5-star reviews from the Guardian, Telegraph and Irish Times in addition to rave reviews in Danish Magazine, Jazz Special and Norway’s Jazznytt, praising both the virtuosity and musicianship of the compositions and performance. 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

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Matt Carmichael: Where Will The River Flow

Read "Where Will The River Flow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Unless it dries up, the river will flow to the sea. A more intriguing question might be: where will the flow take Matt Carmichael? At twenty-one, in his final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the tenor saxophonist--a BBC Young Jazz Musician Finalist in 2020--is only starting out on his musical journey. But his assured ...

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Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 3

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 3" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway December 8-11, 2020 December 8Beady Belle Beady Belle is a soul/jazz band led by vocalist Beate S. Lech. For this performance she was joined by her husband Marius Reksjø on electric bass, plus keyboardist ...

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Daniel Herskedal: Call For Winter

Read "Call For Winter" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Tubaist Daniel Herskedal is on a roll. In 2019, shortly after the release of Voyage (Edition Records), he picked up a Norwegian Grammy as part of Marja Mortensson's trio for the outstanding Mojhtestasse (Vuelie, 2018). This was followed by the soundtrack on the closing credits of Joe Talbot's award-winning film Last Blackman in San Francisco (2019). ...

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MY IRIS: MY IRIS Live!

Read "MY IRIS Live!" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Unable to undertake its scheduled April tour due to COVID 19, MY IRIS, the quartet led by saxophonist Trish Clowes, releases this live recording culled from gigs in Belfast and Galway in October 2019. Captured on Zoom recorder, Clewes has done an admirable job in producing a presentable sound on this digital-download, Bandcamp release. More importantly, ...

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Borealis 2020

Read "Borealis 2020" reviewed by Martin Longley


Borealis Bergen, Norway March 6-8, 2020 Borealis means 'northern,' so we must be in Norway, for this festival of experimental music, which has been running in rainy Bergen since 2004. Even though, perhaps, the foundational musical forms of this long weekender lie in the moderne, compositional, new music zone, the ...

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

Read "EFG London Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Luke Seabright


A truly great event that advocates for an art form like jazz will celebrate both its history and its younger incarnations. It can breathe life into the music's traditions while exposing new ways forward. The EFG London Jazz Festival, through its vast programme of concerts in venues across the city, succeeds in doing just that. This ...

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019 Hong Kong City Hall; Hong Kong Park Hong Kong September 22, 25-27 We've long been told that jazz is a world language, but regional dialects are becoming an increasingly louder part of the conversation. Sitting conceptually, if not geographically, on the nexus ...

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Daniel Herskedal: Voyage

Read "Voyage" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Though Norwegian tubist Daniel Herskedal first garnered widespread recognition with Neck of the Woods (Edition Records, 2012)—a sublime collection of folkloric-cum-hymnal meditations with Marius Neset--his unique talent had already won over the jurists at Getxo Jazz in 2004. Two solo albums on the NorCD label made minor ripples before Edition Records came along. Herskedal's next two ...

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European Jazz Conference 2018

Read "European Jazz Conference 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson


European Jazz Conference 2018 Centro Cultural de Belém jny: Lisbon, Portugal September 13-15, 2018 It was on the very edge of South-Western Europe, in Lisbon, that the European Jazz Conference celebrated its fifth annual gathering. The three hundred plus delegates from thirty five countries who convened in the Centro Cultural ...


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