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Bugge Wesseltoft: Everybody Loves Angels

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Energy flows in different ways, finding its specific ways into tonal, musical expression. The music of this album is quiet, and unfolds gently and clearly, without any rush or sensational attention catching orchestrations. Every single tone falls into its genuine mold and among those independent entities concordances arise without blending. The album is a highly personal retreat into the memory of significant musical experiences and awakenings from decades ago. The music took shape at Lofoten, a significant place ...


Smida Jazz Festival 2017 in Romania

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The second edition of the Smida Jazz Festival took place in the middle of Apuseni Natural Park in the tiny Romanian town of Smida. The town itself consists of a couple of houses which meant festival goers had to pitch tents or sleep in their cars. The festival ran from August 25th to the 27th and was mostly attended by young people who were eager to catch Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz, GoGo Penguin, Tingvall Trio, The Kandinsky Effect, ...


Bugge Wesseltoft: Bugge and Friends

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Back in the late 1990s Bugge Wesseltoft was best known as a leading light in the jazz house scene that sought to integrate jazz into the electronic music of the day. His primary outlet at the time was his New Conception of Jazz project that culminated in the wonderful 2001 collection Moving and which represented a high water mark for the scene, alongside other classics like St Germain's Boulevard from 1995. Wesseltoft has, of course, since shown us a wide ...


Rigas Ritmi 2015

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Rigas Ritmi Riga, Latvia July 1-4, 2015 The 15th anniversary of Rigas Ritmi was celebrated in fine style in Latvia's beautiful capital city. Māris Briežkalns, the festival's artistic director, had programmed Latvian artists and internationally-known musicians in a mix of large and small, old and new, venues. From the mediaeval squares of Old Riga to modern clubs and concert halls, the four-day festival presented around 20 performances: jazz was the central focus, but funk, ...


Bugge Wesseltoft: OK World

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There are artists who find their niche and then spend the rest of their careers carefully honing that one thing--often to great effect and, in some lucky cases, great success. Then there's Bugge Wesseltoft. Since emerging in the mid-'90s with his techno/house/electronica-driven New Conception of Jazz series--which didn't just establish him in his native Norway but, with guest appearances from artists like John Scofield and Dhafer Youssef, abroad as well--the keyboardist/producer/Jazzland Recordings label head has shaped a career defined by ...


Bugge & Henning: Last Spring

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With such a focus on jazz, it's easy to forget that, at the end of the day, all music is--or, at least, comes from-- improvised music. Whether drawn from the ether and performed in real time or written down on manuscript, it's still drawn from the ether. Classical music has its own history in improvisation, ranging from Beethoven to Mendelssohn. Folk music, too, has its history of extemporization. So when ACT's label head, Siggi Loch, suggested that Norwegian violinist/violist Henning ...


Bugge Wesseltoft: Songs

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After John Scofield released his balladic A Moment's Peace (EmArcy, 2011), the guitarist revealed, in an 2011 All About Jazz interview, that the original plan was to record with Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. It may not have come to pass, but based on Songs, it sure sounds as though these two artists--geographically distanced by thousands of miles--were in remarkable simpatico.A Moment's Peace is still a group record, and if it doesn't ever boil over, it manages a simmer ...


Bugge Wesseltoft: Playing

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As a successor to the impressive IM (Jazzland, 2007), pianist Bugge Wesseltoft continues to explore the powerful potential of solo performance. Like IM--and no surprise to those familiar with his seamless integration of technology into real-time performance on his New Conception of Jazz series--Wesseltoft uses sound processing and real-time looping to create a modernistic successor to Keith Jarrett's solo innovations. Pulling form out of the air as paramount, Wesseltoft may be less overtly virtuosic but shares Jarrett's ability to create ...


Bugge Wesseltoft: New Conception of Jazz Box

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Bugge Wesseltoft New Conceptions of Jazz Box Jazzland Records 2008 While the Norwegian jazz scene has been pursuing its own course for decades, the period of 1996-1997 represented a significant watershed, a milestone where an entirely new kind of music emerged, linked to jazz but distanced considerably--some might say completely, but they'd be mistaken--from its roots in the American tradition. Three seminal and groundbreaking albums were released within a year of each other: trumpeter Nils ...


Bugge Wesseltoft at the London Jazz Festival 2008

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Bugge WesseltoftLondon Jazz Festival 2008King's PlaceLondon, EnglandNovember 15, 2008

Having attended the Peter Brotzmann gig earlier the same night, I arrived at Bugge Wesseltoft's show a little late. It's a surprise to see the Norwegian--best known for the embrace of electronics in so-called nu-jazz, or what he terms his New Conception Of Jazz--playing solo piano. It's even more of a surprise when he launches into that most hackneyed of jazz standards, Paul Desmond's ...