As Moving shows, Wesseltoft is definitely on to something. These days, there's a lot of mixing dance and ambient beats with a vaguely jazz-like conception, and most of it, especially the music coming out of UK clubs, has little more musical substance than the beat and a few drones and samples. Wesseltoft, however, is a good musician and the possessor of a fine ear. He can mix'n'match and then add some scintillating keyboard patterns and lines on top, not just for spice. So the whole album, whether the rhythm track is computer generated, sampled or actually played by a real live drummer (there's combinations of all three approaches on this record), kicks like a mule (there's no doubt that Wesseltoft is in love with these beats) and keeps you interested. No nodding out here. Herbie Hancock is the obvious antecedent (Wesseltoft uses both acoustic and electronic keyboards), and that can't be a bad thing. --Keith Shadwick
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Because I think Bugge is special, but wasn't blown away by these CD's, I waited a while to do a review.
Perhaps like some Miles Davis music that I have, not all of Bugge Wesseltoft's music is great on first listen. Yellow, for example, having only heard the edited version, seemed just too improvisational in parts, but now is just awesome. More creatively fresh. Something you want to listen too even after many, many plays.
It's a hard review for me to do. Some songs I just can't listen too. But the stuff I do like, I love. Toss me onto a deserted island with Bugge, Skalpal, and some Miles Davis and it's all my ears need.
Start with track 3 and 4 - the two catchiest tunes - and then learn to love the rest of the cd. The other 4 tracks will be worth your time and will catch you when you least expect it.
This is the cd for me when driving in my car either from the beach or in the evening from work.
Beyond words. Fantastic!
Including an all-star cast of Norway's most finest progressive jazz artists, this music captures the very essence of their compellingly eclectic and acoustic "New conceptions of Jazz" performances.
The album starts off with "Change" and sets you up for a journey of surreality. The third track "Yellow Is The Colour" has the most increadible brush groove on snare that reminds you of a peaceful rain shower that is way beyond chill-out, with Bugge's soft piano, it's truly mesmerizing. The original 2001 Jazzland (REC 013 534-2) release on CD is mastered to audiophile perfection and nicly packaged in a digipak of great design.
Bugge's European concert performances are described as a ride in to the realm of space, a hypnotic experience into the realms of ambient, electronic, brushed with the acoustic, being one foot on the dance floor, the other in the stratosphere. -Audiostar