Just got back from seeing Bugge Wesseltoft playing at the Commodore. I've been a fan of the man's music for a while, but hadn't seen him live until tonight. There is a lot of subtlety in Wesseltoft's recordings and I had no idea if that was going to survive the transition from studio to stage, given his extensive use of electronics. But Bugge and band gave an absolute stormer of a set - putting some real intensity even into the "quiet tune" they started out with and working up to some deadly serious funk. The rhythm section is absolutely as tight on stage as it sounds on the records - the bass player and drummer are badass. Gotta admit, I felt compelled afterwards to buy a copy of the live CD (which I didn't have already) and get it signed by the man himself. I am normally way too cool to do that sort of thing - but tonight reminded me just how good a thing a jazz gig can be.