Featuring a masterful nine-piece ensemble of brass, wind, string, and percussion players -- including Bennink's partners in the infamous Clusone Trio and singular cellist Tristan Honsinger -- the new album Jubilee Varia brilliantly combines playfulness, sobriety, and sophistication. The near-boppish moments of sass, speed, and angular percussive flights recall Thelonious Monk's steadfast iconoclasm. The painterly use of color and deft arrangements of big ideas, particularly on Mengelberg's evocative suite "Jealousy," bring to mind Duke Ellington's wide-palette vision. Like much of Duke's music, ICP Orchestra's repertoire cannot be tied to any one genre; the compositions are of and beyond the general conception of jazz groove. And the leaders' attention-deficit dashes from microcosmic conversation to huge New Orleans-styled street marches speak to a postmodern immersion in the disrupted, smartly wound language of deconstructed compositional style.