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PHRONE­SIS Life to Ev­ery­thing Edi­tion

They have four stu­dio al­bums un­der their col­lec­tive belts and en­joy wide ac­claim for their mes­meric live shows. So this An­glo-Nordic out­fit look ready to as­sume the man­tle va­cated by EST as the break­through Euro­pean piano trio, ca­pa­ble of im­press­ing the nerds at the front with­out alien­at­ing the dudes at the back. Nearly 10 busy years on the road have forged bassist Jasper Høiby, pi­anist Ivo Neame and drum­mer An­ton Eger into a tight-knit, tele­pathic unit and gained for them a for­mi­da­ble rep­u­ta­tion as a live act, so it was about time Phrone­sis re­leased an al­bum cap­tured in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. Recorded over three nights at last year’s Lon­don Jazz Fes­ti­val, Life to Ev­ery­thing (a quote from Plato, no less) crack­les with cre­ative en­ergy, a wor­thy doc­u­ment of a group reach­ing the zenith of their pow­ers. phrone­sis.com

COR­MAC LARKIN

MAR­IUS NES­SET/TROND­HEIM JAZZ ORCHES­TRA Lion ACT

Most mu­si­cians have to wait un­til rel­a­tively late in their ca­reers be­fore they get their hands on a large en­sem­ble for their own ne­far­i­ous pur­poses. Wun­derkind Nor­we­gian sax­o­phon­ist Mar­ius Ne­set, how­ever, is not most mu­si­cians. Al­ready hailed as one of the bright­est hopes of Euro­pean jazz for his as­ton­ish­ing vir­tu­os­ity (the late Michael Brecker is most of­ten in­voked as a com­par­i­son), Ne­set proves here that his sights are set on higher ground than mere in­stru­men­tal py­rotech­nics. En­tirely com­posed and ar­ranged by the sax­o­phon­ist for the 11-piece Trond­heim Jazz Orches­tra, Lion is the sound of a young sorcerer test­ing the lim­its of his pow­ers and search­ing for his own voice as a com­poser. In the TJO he finds ac­com­plices both will­ing and able to fol­low where he leads. act­mu­sic.com

COR­MAC LARKIN

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