Richard Anderson took me to this concert for my birthday!! (which is not yet, but soon…)
and it blew my mind. A small crowd at the Phoenix (a beautiful venue)… we stood at the front and moved to the beatz and man, I drank this stuff in. loved it. absolutely thrilling.
This man is creating cutting edge Jazz - his record label, Jazzland Records, has the most interesting and innovative jazz artists to hit the jazz world. “Beady Bel” tours here, but Bugge Wesseltoft has never, until now, toured to Canada. Richard was thrilled, and we both wished they could have played a longer set – alas, they were the first up (even though they were, officially, the headliners) and there was no encore for the small but extremely appreciative house.
Bugge was surrounded by a Grand Piano, a keyboard, and a sound mixing board/computers and he played in this mini arena like a kid in a sandbox…now and then turning intense as a Melody reappeared at the end of a piece, or sometimes layering sound so densely that the vibrations were almost violent in the air.
His trio consisted of a drummer (who performed the meanest and grooviest drum solo I\’ve ever seen) and a bassist who played both the stand-up bass and an electric bass (and who was wearing a cute little green tourist t-shirt from Manitoba). The group was rounded out by a DJ spinning tha beatz, and a live percussionist who also sampled his own percussion with the computer beside him.
A stimulating mix of electronica and jazz.
sooo sexy and fun.