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Golden Xplosion

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Introducing: Golden Xplosion
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Golden Xplosion
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City on Fire
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Sane
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Old Poison (XL)
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Shame Us
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Saxophone Intermezzo
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The Real Ysj
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Saxophone Intermezzo II
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Angel of the North
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Epilogue
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 47:31

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Essential listening...

GeoMac

I would agree with the review above that one needs to listen to this album a few times to comprehend its depths and complexities; but when one does the effect is absolutely shattering. This is one of the best jazz albums I have heard for a while, and is probably up there with some of the best jazz releases over the past decade. This is reflected in the plethora of 5 star press reviews I have encountered. Neset provides something that is altogether fresh, edgy and progressive. His technical skill is incredible, as is his sense of melody, which is often given extra colour through the use of ambient effects and complex syncopated rhythms. Of course, having Phronesis and Django Bates as sidemen helps! Essential listening for all jazz lovers.

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Amazing

Satheist

The density of the music means that several listenings are needed to comprehend what is going on. Live they are simply phenominal. Neset has an amazing technical skill for one so young, for a player of any age actually, and to see them live you start to comprehend. Neset will be very big. This album is a must have.

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What a Combination

Modalman

Neset blowing in audaciously with an innovative crew; Peers in the form of the Phronesis rhythm section (Jasper Høiby upright, Anton Eger drums); Neset's mentor from college, Django Bates on keys. This is the best of newcomers with the established figure of Bates riding along with the group’s energy. Bates fans will recognize the frenetic synth pace that he brings supporting Neset's melodic and rhythmic drive. Django's playing harks back, but does not mimic the sounds from Loose Tubes early album cuts like Eden Express and Yellow HIll. The underpinning from the Phronesis rhythm section is tight but not mechanical, Høiby is an intense player but he works to complement the band not dominate it. Neset and Høiby dance around each other very entertainingly, backed up solidly by Eger, on the track "Shame Us". "City of Fire" is on fire alright, with the ensemble working well together, tightly following each other's twists and turns. When to the US? We want to see you.