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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 (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00369K2P0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Clint - The Menace
2. Prime Suspects
3. Don Rypero
4. Suspicious Behaviour
5. The Good Cop
6. Is That a Fact
7. Parli con me?!
8. The Criminals
9. Action
10. One Of Those
11. It's Not Been Written Yet
12. Investigation
13. A Minor Incident
14. Crime Solved

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A wildly exciting album from Norway's electric guitar master, 'Crime Scene' plots a collaboration between Terje Rypdal's Skywards trio, with keyboardist Stale Storløkken and drummer Paolo Vinaccia, plus old comrade Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet, and the Bergen Big Band, conducted by Olav Dale. The large scale work, commissioned by the Natjazz Festival, was recorded live in Bergen.

Terje Rypdal's opus list is vast, and he has often worked with large instrumental forces, but collaborations with jazz big bands have been infrequent. After the well-received 'Vossabrygg' (released 2006), which paid tribute to Miles Davis, the new recording makes reference to John Coltrane, another formative influence, in the writing for large ensemble but also has sections of burning flat-out rock jamming. With some of Rypdal's hottest guitar work in years, it's certain to delight Terje's many followers.

The presence of Palle Mikkelborg is another plus point. Mikkelborg was previously a member of Terje's quartet and trio of the late 70s and the old friends have continued to work together intermittently. Ståle Storløkken, perhaps best-known as a founder member of electronic improv band Supersilent, has been playing in trio with Rypdal since 1997. Here he contributes passionate Hammond organ playing. Paolo Vinaccia, in addition to playing taut, propulsive drum patterns, scatters the music with spoken-word samples that add a Noir-ish flair, with hints of everything from Spaghetti westerns to inner city Mob movies...

Personnel: Terje Rypdal (electric guitar), Palle Mikkelborg (trumpet), Ståle Storløkken (Hammond B-3 organ), Paolo Vinaccia (drums, sampling), Bergen Big Band directed by Olav Dale

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(4 stars) Stunning...a highly charged, yet wonderfully atmospheric mix that combines jazz and rock in equal measure. -- Drummer, (Brent Keefe), July 2010

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Speedy on 4 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have been let down by Terje with his two latest cds. On the previous one he mixed tracks with a definitive Miles influence (which is good) with some 'techno beat based drums' tracks (which is bad). On this one he mixes dialogue from famous Crime o Detective movies (which is bad) with free jazz, written material in avant garde style or improvisation based music (which is good) and again there is a couple of tracks where he once again uses the Techno beat as basis for some 'rock' guitar soloing (which is neither good or bad-just boring). In short, this cd offers too much aural information and too many places to go. You may be enjoying one particular piece of music when all of the sudden the voices from an old Hollywood movie start to creep in distracting you from what you were listening to. Don't get me wrong...there is some tremendous playing here. The last 4 or 5 tracks feature the the wind ensemble playing some exquisite written material in a 20th century classical & avant garde style. Great stuff (especially from the wind players who from time to time go into free improvisation mode and really let it all out; interestingly, you hardly hear Rypdal in these last tracks). These are the reason i am giving this cd a 3 star rating. But i do not think i'll be playing this a lot. Definitely not for every jazz or fusion or techno or rock or avant garde or classical fan...
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By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 May 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Big Band blast 22 Jun. 2010
By Bodhi Heeren - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Five stars for the music, 3 stars for the samples... 14 Dec. 2010
By B. Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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. Overall, it seems like the whole idea of including movie dialogue was overdone here and driven into the ground. Though the samples do take away from the music somewhat, I can't say I would rate this as a bad album. If you enjoy free jazz ensemble playing and are up for a challenge, I would recommend this disc. At the least, it's never boring...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Disjointed Mess 12 Aug. 2010
By Mr. W. G. Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have several of this great guitarists records from each deacde and expected better. If you like cacophonous and frankly painful big band music, an overuse of almost cliched samples from detective movies, and a couple of great guitar solos for your £14, then this is the album for you
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Frustrating... 16 July 2013
By Luiz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I always liked Rypdal's works, but not this one. I think the most appropiate album name should be "Friends with a Terje Rydal's guest appearance". Even with the other musician trying to do almost everything the album is very disappointing.The most parts look like a revolving intestine that doesn't decide if it works or not. Sometimes we don't understand why some musicians don't explore their real potentiality and stop doing craps like this.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Chacun Son Gout.... 26 Aug. 2010
By Yersin USA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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