““Marius Neset, the 25-year-old Norwegian saxophonist who surfaced in the UK last year with Django Bates (his teacher and mentor at Copenhagen’s Rhythmic Music Conservatory), not only combines Brecker’s power and Jan Garbarek’s tonal delicacy, but has a vision that makes all 11 originals on this sensational album feel indispensable, and indispensably connected to each other. Neset is on his way to being one of the biggest new draws on the circuit”. John Fordham, GUARDIAN 5/5 STARS (UK) *****”
"Twenty-five-year-old saxophonist Marius Neset is a marvel. He makes his instrument dance like a gazelle and soar like an eagle, and he’s an ingenious composer too. On the title track he hurls together three different time-signatures, amusingly shouted out just in case we get lost. But this isn’t mere cleverness, it’s instinctive musicality, buoyed up by three other fine players". *****
"Mark the name. At 25, this Norwegian saxophonist will surely be a major figure on the European jazz scene if this astonishing – and astonishingly personal – album is any indication". *****
"Norwegian tenor and soprano player Neset has produced a stonking debut demonstrating a fully formed musical personality over 11 original compositions".
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““This is certainly a golden explosion of an album. Neset presents himself as a full-blooded young saxophone-lion with monster technique and a rhythmic capacity that he uses with overwhelming results… Neset is a young musician on an exceptional level…Golden Xplosion is an album which should establish Marius Neset at the jazz scene far beyond Scandinavia.” Terje Mosnes, Dagbladet, 13. April (NORWAY)”