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Bugge Wesseltoft


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


Rymden + KORK

Label: Jazzland Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Reflections And Odysseys; Space Sailors; Sender; Söndan; Pitter Patter; Råk - The Abyss; Råk; Terminal One; My Life In A Mirror; Free As A Bird.


Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz albums since 1969: 2006-2009

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz albums since 1969: 2006-2009" reviewed by Robert Middleton

If there were one word to describe these six thrilling albums, it would be “atmospheric." Each of them settles into its own unique and memorable soundscape. Stylistically, they are all very different, but if you listen closely to them, you'll quickly grasp their musical and emotional messages. They'll transport you to their rarefied worlds with their ...


Article: Live Review

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2023

Read "Fano Jazz by the Sea 2023" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2023 Varie sedi Fano 22--30.7.2023 Partecipare a un festival di prestigio storico non significa soltanto ascoltare una serie più o meno coerente di concerti. Equivale anche ad immergersi in un'atmosfera cangiante ed unica, vuole dire vivere una situazione di incontro, in cui si ...


Article: Album Review

Rymden + KORK: Rymden + KORK

Read "Rymden + KORK" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (aka KORK) performs each year at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. By contrast, it has also twice provided backing to the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway. Intriguing then to find them linking up with Bugge Wesseltoft, leader of Rymden and a pianist-composer whose work is both learned and accessible. Both parties create ...


Very Much Alive

Label: Jazzland Recordings
Released: 2010
Track listing: CD1 (Fredrikstad 2002): Tough Enough; Happy Ryp; Skywald; Mystery Man; The Curse; Last Night; Paolissimo; Dare Devil.

CD2 (Sarajevo 2001): Skywards; Mystery Man; The Curse; But Then Again; Memory Lane; The Return of Per Ulv; Easy Now; Last Night; Paolissimo; The Chaser.

CD3 (Berlin 2000): Skyward; Elvin; Mystery Man; Dare Devil; The Curse; The Chaser.

CD4 (Sundalsøra 2002): The Curse; Last Night; Living Metal; Paolissimo; Memory Lane; Dare Devil; The Return of Per Ulv.

CD5 (Arendal 2005): Arendal Overture; Terje Aren 1; Terje Aren 2; Storm; Paolissimo; Memory Lane.

CD6 (Bonus Tracks): Moving Metal; Budapest; Bugge 1; Bugge Amsterdam; Paolos Sister Sang.


Article: Year in Review

Tony Ozuna’s Best Albums 2022

Read "Tony Ozuna’s Best Albums 2022" reviewed by Tony Ozuna

In 2022, live jazz clubs were revived and the rapport of musicians and their audience took a higher level of mutual appreciation. Groups listed on this Best Albums finally got to tour their newest releases across borders. Jazz that evolves with the times and across continents are the criteria for these selected Best Albums of 2022. ...


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.


Article: Album Review

Arild Andersen Group: Affirmation

Read "Affirmation" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

For almost half a century, Arild Andersen has been a pillar of Manfred Eicher's ECM label. His ECM albums have traversed dissimilar territory, from the brooding Shimri (1976), the folk-influenced Sagn (1990), to the orchestral grandeur of Live at Belleville (2008). At seventy-seven, the Norwegian bassist offers the almost entirely improvised Affirmation. Andersen is joined by ...


Article: Live Review

Jazz&Wine of Peace 2022

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace 2022" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Jazz&Wine of Peace 2022 Cormons, Collio e Brda slovena 19-13.10.2022 Con l'edizione 2022 il festival Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormons tagliava l'importante traguardo dei venticinque anni di vita, festeggiati con un degno programma di concerti disseminati--come ormai da tempo avviene--sullo splendido territorio circostante, tra teatri locali, abbazie, castelli e aziende vinicole: artisti ...


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