At its best, jazz improvisation captures a similarly otherworldly essence, which vibraphonist Bendian manages to evoke on Requiem by giving his Interzone bandmates -- Nels Cline (guitar), Joel Hamilton (bass), and Alex Cline (drums) -- plenty of space to flex their skills and spontaneity. Think of the album's suite of extended compositions (most more than 10 minutes long) as a super-powerful beast on a mission to, say, eradicate jazz poseurs from the face of the Earth. The improvised parts are the sinewy meat on the strangely shaped, rock-solid bones of the score, while the interlocking melodies and pizzicato rhythms of vibes, electric six-string, upright bass, cymbals, and snare are the spectral luminescence radiating from the heart of the beast. Soaring through the cosmos in a blaze of color, Bendian's creature torches the wannabes in its fiery wake. Jack Kirby (and, indeed, many of his costumed pals) would be proud.