Alex Bugnon

For the last two decades, keyboardist Alex Bugnon has been a romantic yet energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene - an ambassador from the last days of the Quiet Storm in possession of chameleonic skills befitting him as a straight ahead jazz piano leader and soul as a sideman. Born in beautiful Montreux, Switzerland, world famous for a jazz festival that has hosted thousands, Alex was pre-destined to be a jazz man. And on his most recent album, Going Home, he boldly explores that music – his first love – more explicitly than ever before. From songs inspired by Horace Silver and Ahmad Jamal to covers of old favorites from WAR's "The World is a Ghetto" to Herbie Hancock's "Oliloqui Valley," to an adaptation of "Nothra Dona di Maortse" (a song he discovered at his father's funeral), the 8-song project taps deep roots from multiple plains.

"Going Home represents me returning to what I really love to do…which is to play as hard as I possibly can," he states. "I came up with the last generation of Quiet Storm artists such as Najee, George Howard, Art Porter, Will Downing and Rachelle Ferrell. When my first album Love Season came out in 1989 (an R&B chart-top contender containing Alex's hit cover of Brenda Russell's "Piano in the Dark" and his own transfixing "Love Season"), radio programmers still had the ability to pick the music they played with no outside interference.

Marc Antoine



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