By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
THE VANDERMARK 5
Of course this is over the top, even for an artist as exhaustively documented as Ken Vandermark: Five nights in Krakow, two sets each, plus a couple of jam sessions bring the total to 12 discs. Serious students can plot variations in the repeated songs, note how three new ones compare to the later studio versions on The Color of Memory, and hear how the band works classics by Rollins, Kirk, and others. The rest of us will just pick random discs whose surprises seem endless. A MINUS
THE VANDERMARK 5
The Color of Memory
Clocking in at just over 80 minutes, this could easily have been a single disc. Some pieces, such as the one that jams dedications to Ray Charles, Elvin Jones, and Steve Lacy into a single "Suitcase," feel underdeveloped. And the recent albums' spin-on-a-dime arrangements have turned loosey-goosey. Makes one wonder if an album a year for eight years doesn't add up to a rut. But the expansive stuff on the second disc will overcome your doubts, mostly by showing how the band has grown around its overworked leader. A MINUS
Dud of the Month
In the movie 'Round Midnight, Hancock played the one musician who preferred food to drink. Can't begrudge him that, nor the fame he built up with and without Miles in the '60s. But even if you credit his headhunting '70s, he's been coasting for a long time, and in this joint venture with Starbucks he finally cashes out. Ten songs, a dozen singers plus Santana, a little cocktail piano. It's not awfulnot all of it, anywaybut on the whole I'd just as soon hear him read the business plan. In particular, I wonder how much these has-beens and wannabesChristina Aguilera singing Leon Russell counts as bothhad to pay to get their names on the cover. With 9,000 stores peddling a couple dozen titles to millions of caffeine-addled impulse buyers, the rent on rack space has gotta be steep. But how long can they peddle product this mediocre before some accountant figures the real estate is better invested in chocolate? C
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Good Night, and Good Luck
She haunts the movie, her role expanded here for an impeccably professional primer, a soundtrack that shadows the separate and unequal '50s.
Modern Standards Sharp Nine
They don't write them like they used to, but Hazeltine's fogey enough he doesn't try to push modernity past the Bee Gees' disco period.
Negrophilia [The Album]
The book might clear a few things up, but meanwhile Ladd's words fascinate while his friends kibitz.
Worldly beats, guests who could've stayed longer especially Pharoah Sanders.
Full of Life
My fave among four or five recent records by the trumpet legendworking steadily but slower, taking time to soak it all in.
MARC COPLAND/JOHN ABERCROMBIE/KENNY WHEELER
No bass, no drums, nothing to hurry three masters from their luxury.
ERNEST DAWKINS'CHICAGO 12
Misconceptions of a Delusion Shades of a Charade
As the mayor says, "We're not here to create disorder; we're here to preserve disorder."
For My Father
The Great Jazz Trio leader in a reflective mood, settling for a real good jazz trio.
Bobby Militello doesn't make you forget Desmond, but he helps Brubeck remember.
GERRY HEMINGWAY QUINTET
Double Blues Crossing
Between the Lines
New players, same odd mixclarinets, trombone, cello, bass, drumsas his old avant-chamber group.
Perles Noires Vol. I
Free-ranging drums, Sabir Mateen's struggling sax, guestsDave Burrell gives Vol. I a slight edge, but Vol. II won't disappoint.
PETER APFELBAUM & THE NEW YORK HIEROGLYPHICS
It Is Written
MARIAN MCPART-LAND & FRIENDS
85 CandlesLive in New York
Mizell: The Mizell Brothers at Blue Note