MAR­IUS NESET Cir­cle of Chimes ★★★★ ACT

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Rather than dis­play­ing his ex­tra­or­di­nary tech­ni­cal abil­ity at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, young Nor­we­gian sax­o­phon­ist Mar­ius Neset has shown ad­mirable re­straint, re­leas­ing a se­ries of record­ings on the ACT la­bel that em­pha­sise com­po­si­tion and the virtues of en­sem­ble play­ing.

Cir­cle of Chimes is an­other side­step, a med­i­ta­tion on mu­sic as a se­ries of in­ter­lock­ing cy­cles, pat­terns and rhythms that di­verge and con­verge. To re­alise his vi­sion, the Copen­hagen-based sax­o­phon­ist puts to­gether a small orches­tra that in­cludes Beni­nese gui­tarist Lionel Loueke and Phrone­sis pi­anist Ivo Neame. But don’t worry, when the so­los start, Neset steps up with the flu­ency of a sax­o­phon­ist who has ab­sorbed the lessons of Michael Brecker and Chris Pot­ter and is plant­ing his own, dis­tinc­tive flag on the Euro­pean mu­si­cal land­scape. mar­ius­ne­

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