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Bugge & Friends - Bugge & Friends

posted by Jon-Trygve on 05.05.15 09:10 in Music Reviews Print  

According to Wesseltoft, this project is about creating good energy and good vibes between the musicians and the audience. And to that I'll have to say: Mission accomplished! It's simply impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to this music. It is catchy and cool and optimistic, and placed in a musical landscape that certainly hasn’t run out of steam yet.

Bugge Wesseltoft entered the radar of jazz fans world-wide when Jan Garbarek and Arild Andersen engaged him for two milestone projects within the same year. Garbarek used Wesseltoft's skills as a keyboard player alongside German piano maestro Rainer Brüninghaus for the project "Molde Canticle", a commission for the Moldejazz festival, that resulted in the marvelous album "I Took Up the Runes" (ECM, 1990). For Andersen, Wesseltoft handled both keyboards and piano on the commissioned project "Sagn" for Vossajazz , later referred to as a cornerstone in Andersen's discography (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1990). Before that, Wesseltoft was quite unknown. After those two projects, he was brought in as a session player on quite a number of projects and albums in a wide variety of genres.


However, it was his first solo album "New Conception of Jazz" (Jazzland, 1997) that really propelled him into the center stage of the jazz ...


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