Bugge Wesseltoft

Bugge Wesseltoft

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Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft has been working with musicians from around the world since he teamed up with Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos on Norwegian double bass master Arild Andersen's Sagn album in 1990, but this latest project puts him at the heart of a truly international line-up. Musicians from Spain, India, Mozambique, Lebanon and Egypt join Wesseltoft on sessions recorded mostly in Johannesburg and Maputo, creating feelgood grooves and moods that often achieve magic but could occasionally use a little more direction and a little less rumination. The opening Moving Mountains is a glorious meeting of initially contemplative but increasingly urgent jazz piano, flamenco colours, exotic percussion and middle eastern soul from the wonderful voices of Maryam Saleh and Georges Nehme, and much tight interplay follows on subsequent tracks between Wesseltoft and guitarist Josemi Carmona and Shrikant Shriram on bass guitar. There's lots of beauty but I get the impression that the real sparks would fly on live dates.

Rob Adams