On the whole, the voicings here are original and sometimes beautiful. "I Can't Believe I'm Here," a song which, like the title track, is about 30 minutes long, is enthralling. The discipline and dedication of band members has to be of the highest order to perform songs of such quality, and the intensity and kaleidoscopic changing tones and textures bear some resemblance to Sun Ra's work. The soloists -- trumpeters Richard Rodriguez, Lewis Barnes, and Roy Campbell; trombonists Steve Swell, Alex Lodico, and Masahiko Kono; and reedmen Chris Jones, Rob Brown, Charlie Waters, and Darryl Foster -- are also impressive, as they make individual statements while managing to integrate their spots lucidly into the overall fabric of the pieces. Parker, bassist-tuba player Dave Hofstra, and drummer Andrew Barker drive the band powerfully but not intrusively, making Mayor of Punkville among the most significant large ensemble jazz records of the past 10 years.
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