Marius Neset, Geyser (Live at Royal Albert Hall - BBC Proms), ACT ***1/2

Not often do you find a release of a jazz recording made at the Proms - this hot spring themed work features the titanic Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset with pianist Ivo Neame, vibist Jim Hart, bassist Conor Chaplin, drummer Anton Eger and the …

Published: 27 Oct 2023. Updated: 5 months.

Not often do you find a release of a jazz recording made at the Proms - this hot spring themed work features the titanic Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset with pianist Ivo Neame, vibist Jim Hart, bassist Conor Chaplin, drummer Anton Eger and the London Sinfonietta conducted by Geoffrey Paterson was commissioned by Radio 3 and performed at the Proms in September last year. Full of grandeur and commitment Part 2 'On Fire' certainly grabbed us a good deal and here Neset displays just what a tonally versatile player he is - the piece full of vigour and personality. Neame delivers a high point in his solo at the beginning of 'Out of Sight' joined later tastefully by Hart. Neset is a major artist - his own generation's Jan Garbarek perhaps - and here in his writing beyond sheer instrumentalism also shows considerable scope and imagination in his compositional ideas. The approach manages to blend jazz and classical disciplines for long stretches although some tracks ('Lava' particularly) shaped by the Sinfonietta seem more classical than jazz. Another milestone in the remarkable career of Neset it's clear. Out today. Marius Neset photo: ACT. Neset's band and the London Sinfonietta play Geyser at the EFG London Jazz Festival on 17 November in the QEH.

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Track of the week: Loren Stillman 'Unsung' Sunnyside

We haven't come across a more tender tenor saxophone statement anywhere this week than 'Unsung' the lead-off track from Time and Again out next month on the Sunnyside label. Set with just bass (Drew Gress) and drums (Mark Ferber) to his side, US …

Published: 26 Oct 2023. Updated: 5 months.

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We haven't come across a more tender tenor saxophone statement anywhere this week than 'Unsung' the lead-off track from Time and Again out next month on the Sunnyside label. Set with just bass (Drew Gress) and drums (Mark Ferber) to his side, US tenor saxophonist Loren Stillman nevertheless manages to find plenty of resource to enlarge the scale of the piece, its plaintive quality offset deftly by Ferber's empathetic contribution and the comforting measured beat that Gress provides. Look for the full album on 17 November.