Spearheading Scandinavian nu-jazz development, keyboardist and producer Bugge Wesseltoft gathers a competent and vibrant New Conceptions of Jazz crew for his UK tour that begins this week.
Within the past decade, pianist, composer, producer and performing artist Bugge Wesseltoft has firmly established himself as a prime motivating force for an entire following of jazz musicians - not only in his home country of Norway, but in the international arena as well.
Growing out of the post-modern sounds of ECM-style Nordic jazz traditions, he has performed with such notable artists as Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal and Billy Cobham, and has made the transition into his own, uniquely fresh vision of what jazz can be.
Additionally, he even started his own successful record label to promote it - Jazzland Records.
Bugge Wesseltoft has just completed a new recording with his ensemble New Conception of Jazz. Bugge says of the album: “I’m very happy with it and to me it feels like a mixture of pretty much all of the five New Conception albums.
“A full, epic scale jazz assault with a stringent left field house attitude, stunning to the verge of addiction, drifting along like tranquility given wings. Lovers of music, not scenes, need this". Rob Wood (editor of 7 Magazine/Mixmag Update U.K)
Since the early 1990´s Bugge has made an impressive, truly post-modern transistion from ECM nordic jazz traditions, playing and recording together with the likes of Jan Garbarek, to forming his own exquisite label "Jazzland", and creating a unique, fresh blend of "future jazz". Which finds itself equally at home with fans of deep house, techno, ambient, as well as traditional and experimental jazz purists.
Following on from the pioneering, globally acclaimed "Sharing" album in 1998, Bugge has spent the past years touring the world’s melting-pot festivals, where jazz meets club culture in a heady brew, and has seen his "sound" embraced by leading worldwide jazz critics - confidently comparing this new Norwegian star to Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Erik Satie(!), as well as finding an impressive following among some of the world´s most respected DJ glitterati: Gilles Peterson, José Padilla, Mixmaster Morris, and New York´s cult "Body and Soul " collective.