A wildly exciting new 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