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Bugge Wesseltoft

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Early Years Jens Christian Bugge Wesseltoft was born February 1st, 1964 in Porsgrunn and raised in the neighbouring city of Skien, around 100km south-west of Oslo. Jazz music filled Bugges world from an early age by virtue of his Jazz guitarist father, Erik Wesseltoft. Bugge started practicing on the piano at age 3, and by the age of 7, he had begun taking lessons, but after a short time he stopped these, instead choosing to learn by himself. Bugge played tuba and the bass drum in his schools marching band, where he met Audun Kleive who gave him further insights into the world of jazz. Beginning with a punk band, Bugge has played in bands from around the age of 16

Album

Be Am

Label: Jazzland Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: Resonate; Tide; State; Emergence; Roads; Messenger; Green; Be Am; Life; Gonna Be Ok; Deeper; Sunbeams Through Leaves Softly Rustling.

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Article: Live Review

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine/Kombank Dvorana Belgrade, Serbia October 26-November 1, 2021 The 37th Belgrade Jazz Festival made a full return to its accustomed international nature, following the late 2020 mostly-Serbian edition. Artists successfully managed to arrive from the USA and various parts of Europe, with no cancellations ...

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Article: Album Review

Bugge Wesseltoft: Be Am

Read "Be Am" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


In a 2008 interview, Bugge Wesseltoft spoke of his despair at seeing civilians suffer throughout history, unable to protect their families and children from wars. He also noted that watching such events unfold from the safety of his Norwegian homeland was painful. Wesseltoft had recently released his superb album IM (Jazzland Recordings, 2007) which found him ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz&Wine Of Peace 2021

Read "Jazz&Wine Of Peace 2021" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Jazz&Wine Of Peace 2021 Cormons (GO) Varie sedi nel Collio e nella Brda 21-25.10.2021 Giunta alla ventiquattresima edizione, l'annuale rassegna Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormons ha superato ancora una volta se stessa, proponendo un programma ricchissimo, che vedeva accanto alla parte “istituzionale" --la sera in teatro, nel corso del giorno ...

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Space Sailors

Label: Jazzland Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Life And Death Of Hugo Drax; The Spacesailor; Sondan; Terminal One; The Final Goodbye; Pilgrimstad; Arriving At Ramajay Part I; Arriving At Ramajay Part II; The Actor (Gonzo Goes To Pasadena); My Life In A Mirror; Free As A Bird; Sondan Outro.

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 24-December 1, 2020 November 24 Silje Nergaard Silje Nergaard is one of the new breed of jazz singers who writes most of her material—rather than singing jazz standards and songs from the ...

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Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 6-17, 2020 With the physical 2020 festival cancelled, the Big Ears Festival has turned its attention to broadcasting filmed and live streamed concerts, under the moniker “Sites & Sounds From Big Ears." ...

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Article: Interview

Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile

Read "Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile" reviewed by Chris May


The British guitarist Rob Luft has already released one of the great albums of 2020 with Life Is The Dancer (Edition), which came out back in the spring. Now Luft notches up another 2020 highlight with the collaborative Lost Ships (ECM), jointly conceived and co-led with the Albanian-Swiss singer Elina Duni. By turns passionate and grave, ...

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Article: Album Review

Rymden: Space Sailors

Read "Space Sailors" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Outer space and cosmic jazz have long been a match made beyond heaven. The latest act throwing their hat into Saturn's rings is the excellent Norwegian band Rymden, featuring keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft. The trio has clearly boned up on Sun Ra and Lonnie Liston Smith, but rockier influences are present too from the likes of Hawkwind, ...


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