Ambrose Akinmusire, Marius Neset
Jez Nelson presents a second chance to hear performances by two rising stars: US trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset.
Since being invited to tour with Steve Coleman's Five Elements when aged just 19, Akinmusire has built a reputation as one to watch. His playing is distinguished by a variety of tone colours and angular melodic lines, enhancing the adventurous yet straightahead approach of his quintet, featuring Walter Smith III (tenor sax), Gerald Clayton (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass) and Justin Brown (drums). This performance, recorded at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam last year, features music from his debut album for Blue Note.
Marius Neset's emergence and debut album as a leader last year were met with great excitement - a response to his fearsome technique and energy, allied to a mature writing style. Neset has been mentored by Django Bates for a number of years, appearing in his stoRMChaser and Human Chain bands. This performance with his Golden Xplosion Quartet, recorded at Pizza Express last year, features pianist Nick Ramm, and Phronesis's Jasper Hoiby (bass) and Anton Eger (drums).
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.