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Rymden: Reflections And Odysseys

Read "Reflections And Odysseys" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Reflections & Odysseys gifts to the listening world the debut of pianist Bugge Wesseltoft's new trio—called Rymden—with bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Öström. The rhythm section, best known as part of e.s.t. (led by the late Esbjörn Svensson), serves Wesseltoft with fresh purpose, at once grateful for what came before and eager to chart maps ahead. It's a dual aesthetic embodied not only in the album's title, but also in its approach to crafting sound as a realm in ...

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Jazzkaar Interviews: Bugge Wesseltoft

Read "Jazzkaar Interviews: Bugge Wesseltoft" reviewed by Martin Longley

Your scribe witnessed the Nordic supergroup Rymden three times during 2019, illustrating how much this new constellation (in Norwegian, the word means 'space,' as in cosmic space) has expanded almost uncontrollably since making their debut. Even as an abstract concept, the combination was tantalising in the extreme. Purely acoustic piano and electronically distressed keyboards from Bugge Wesseltoft, combined with the bass and drums of Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström, previously two-thirds of the Swedish e.s.t. Those Rymden appearances ...

JAZZIN' AROUND EUROPE

AkBank Jazz Festival 2019

Read "AkBank Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

AkBank Jazz Festival Istanbul, Turkey October 18-25 2019 I arrived in Istanbul during the world-wide outrage that followed the United States pull-out from Syria and the consequent military intervention by Turkey. The new humongous airport looked rather empty compared to the crowded spaces of the old one; the trip to city centre was long in kilometres but on a rather free road, and the light traffic made for a transfer that was not longer ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rymden: Reflections And Odysseys

Read "Reflections And Odysseys" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Is it mere coincidence, or fate, that Bugge Wesseltoft and the late Esbjo Svensson were both born in the same quarter of 1964? More to the point, Wesseltoft, having effectively merged his New Conception of Jazz with the two surviving members of Svensson's e.s.t., has now hatched a veritable Scandinavian supergroup. The formation of Rymden is a welcome move since it provides an excellent vehicle for Wesseltoft and the virtuoso rhythm section of bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Öström. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Bugge Wesseltoft: Everybody Loves Angels

Read "Everybody Loves Angels" reviewed by Henning Bolte

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 ...

IN PICTURES

Smida Jazz Festival 2017 in Romania

Read "Smida Jazz Festival 2017 in Romania" reviewed by Nedici Dragoslav

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, ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Bugge Wesseltoft: Bugge and Friends

Read "Bugge Wesseltoft: Bugge and Friends" reviewed by Phil Barnes

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 ...


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