Mic's Listen to Norway Series continues with Crimetime Orchestra's 'Life is a beautiful monster'
Crimetime Orchestra is a ten-piece improv collective that includes such key players as drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft and saxophonist Vidar Johansen. This is also the very last recording which double bass icon Bjørnar Andresen contributed to. Sadly, the free improv pioneer passed away three weeks after recording ‘Life is a beautiful monster’. Crimetime Orchestra grab you by the scruff of the neck, slams you into walls of sound, then releases you in punch-drunk euphoria. This is full-contact music, not appropriate for a dinner party but perfect for times when life seems a bit mundane. It’s brutal; it’s out there but after all Crimetime Orchestra is, just as life, a beautiful monster.