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Recorded live at Bergen’s Natjazz Festival in May 2009, Crime Scene is a powerful and exciting addition to Terje Rypdal’s ECM discography. Although the Norwegian guitarist/composer has written often for orchestras or chamber ensembles – see, for instance, his Undisonus, Q.E.D., Double Concerto and Lux Aeterna recordings – collaborations with jazz big band have less ... Read more in Amazon's Terje Rypdal Store

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B00369K2P0
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on June 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The illustrious Terje Rypdal belongs to very few creative minds who have carved their completely own musical niche. And a niche that's actually a whole musical universe, comprising everything from heavy trio-rock to neo-classical symphonies.

But first and foremost Terje is a brilliant guitarist with an uncanny ability to make his instrument sing. I guess only matched by Jeff Beck.

As one would expect this work for Big Band is more reminiscent of Carla Bley than Count Basie with strange chordal twists and a variety of soundscapes. Here greatly helped by longtime partner in crime Palle Mikkelborg, the inventive organ-grinder Ståle Storløkken and the wellplaying - this is a liverecording from May 2009 - Bergen Big Band.

I have to admit I'm not a big Big Band fan, so this might not be my alltime favorite Rypdal album, but as everything from his hands this is music you can hear again and again, all the time finding new musical surprises and joys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Bowman on December 13, 2010
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It seems most of the reviews here are from Terje Rypdal fans who are comparing "Crime Scene" to his previous albums. While I understand that this may be different from what he has done in the past, I think the album has to be reviewed based on its merits. I for one can't compare this to Rypdal's other albums because this is the first of his albums that I've purchased. I can understand what the concept was supposed to be, and musically I really liked this disc. While not easy listening by any means, I have enjoyed other big band style free jazz releases in the past, such as the Jazz Composers Orchestra recording from the 1970's which featured Larry Coryell on guitar. "Crime Scene" often reminded me of that album in its ferocity and wild free playing by an ensemble, but I also liked the nods to early fusion classics like "Bitches Brew" due to the playing style of trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg. That's the good. The bad is the many samples of dialogue from movies. While I can understand the complaints of other reviewers that many of the samples were pretty obvious choices, that didn't really bother me. After all, samples from classic gangster movies like GoodFellas and The Godfather would make sense on an album called "Crime Scene", right? What bothered me was the unnecessary and excessive use of samples that didn't even fit in with the concept of the album, such as Doc Brown's "When this baby hits 88 miles per hour..." line from "Back To The Future", which pops up out of nowhere in the middle of a song. I have NEVER considered "Back To The Future" to be a gangster flick, and I doubt anyone else would. I also didn't follow why quotes from The Big Lebowski were included, another movie that never struck me as a crime film.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yersin USA on August 25, 2010
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Some of the reviewers have panned this album simply because it was not what they expected--probably more moody, soulful music from the Scandinavian fjords. This album is not that, but is quite good in another genre.
Some of it follows on his well-received "Vossabrygg," release of a few years ago--particularly with a nod to Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew"--but I think I like this one a bit more.
Instead of "Bitches Brew," I'd compare some of these tracks to the propulsively driven "Tribute to Jack Johnson."
There's also a bit of George Russell in the mix, which is no real surprise, since Rypdal worked with the great Lydian chromaticist.
Make no mistake about it--Rypdal is not to be confused with Earl Klugh, and this is not easy-listening material. Perhaps the newcomer to avant-jazz will find the fanfare of horns a bit daunting, but it's well within the frame of later Coltrane.
The blending of the orchestra with the drums, bass, guitar and keyboards is what makes this more successful than "Vossabrygg," to my ears. The long introductory track to the latter recording is just so-so, along the lines of several other recent attempts to revive the "Bitches Brew" sound. "Crime Scene" is something a little different, and quite well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By McClintic Sphere on December 1, 2010
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The reviewer that called this 'tosh' is way off the mark - that's essentially what they called both Miles Davis' and Bob Dylan's music when they went electric - now everybody loves it...no one liked Coltrane when he headed off into free-jazz, but these days his Impulse period is regarded as art of the highest calibre - as is Mahler, his symphonies were hated in his life-time, as was Beethoven's 9th when first performed - see a pattern here? Shoot first, listen later.

About 80% of Crime Scene is an intriguing mix of George Russell-esque big band (in a truly European jazz sense, they don't swing at all, they soar and pump and duck and dive) and stunning, inventive guitar passages by the Norwegian master. It takes chances, it flags in places, it doesn't always work but the naff elements (somewhat boring detective movie/Taxi Driver samples) are far outweighed by the often magnificent music here. It rather reminds me of Sgt Pepper, brilliantly original songs like A Day in the Life and Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite slotted in between cheesy fluff like She's Leaving Home and Lovely Rita - but these days you can just avoid the duff tracks by programming your CD player to miss them out - voila, the perfect album...

This is one of those works that time will be kind to, it won't be on anyone's Best Album of 2010 list, until about 2020 when it'll be out of print and just as hip and appreciated as Odyssey, To Be Continued and all those other fine Rypdal albums.

It seems Rypdal, John McLaughlin, Robert Fripp, Allan Holdsworth and Jeff Beck are the only guitarists consistently challenging their audiences, moving on and taking risks these days.
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