Crimetime Orchestra, Life Is A Beautiful Monster

Peter Margasak

By Peter Margasak

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A one-off ten-piece that erases the lines between jazz, free improv, rock, funk and noise.

This one-off ten-piece band features many of Norway's most exciting players in an intense blowout that recalls the roiling energy of Miles Davis's electric phase — with a heavier textural quotient. Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, electric bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and upright bassist Bjørnar Andresen — who died just three weeks after the session was cut — lay down fierce, scalding, gut-rumbling rhythms, while a killer horn section including saxophonists Jon Klette, Vidar Johansen and Kjetil Møster blow in tight unison riffs and wild free sections. Guitarist Anders Hana and keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft alternate between tough licks and coloristic noise, functioning as an elusive glue for the proceedings. The music masterfully conveys the way the best musicians from Scandinavia nonchalantly erase lines between jazz, free improv, rock, funk and noise.