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Crimetime Orchestra featuring Bjornar Andresen: Life is a Beautiful Monster

It’s been ages since I last heard a rock/free-jazz fusion 1/10th as good as this. Norway’s Crimetime Orchestra is a 10-piece band composed of five horns and a rhythm section heavy on the electronics. Consisting mostly of a suite in seven sections and recorded live in the studio, the album balances gritty spontaneity with just the right amount of preparation. The horn writing by tenor saxophonist-composer Vidar Johansen is complex and requires a certain amount of precision, yet the tightness is nicely offset by a loose, free-improv vibe.

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