Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Do you like "jazz"? Do you like "piano"? Do you like "solo piano"?
If the answer is "yes" then I defy you not to love the new album by Bugge Wesseltoft - "Songs".
Wesseltoft's work is probably better associated, latterly,  with the "fusion" of jazz and techno music or "nu jazz" as it's sometimes called - an acquired taste that I sometimes like to sample - but it doesn't exactly make up my staple diet.

This new one, however, is a back to basics offering. He takes a handful of well know songs and gives them the acoustic, minimalist makeover.
"Moon River" is transformed to such an extent that, while always remaining recognisable, it's reduced to a handful of notes plucked slowly from the piano then allowed to drift slowly down like snowflakes.

A wonderful album. One to listen to, though, in a quiet period - in quiet surroundings - this one certainly won't drown out the noise of Greggs munching plebs on the train! Some of Bugge's "nu jazz" is probably better for that.

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