School Days: In Our Times
While their first opus maintained some ties with the eponymous Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd group, In Our Times finds the band severing them and bringing some changes. The quartet is now a quintet with Kjell Nordeson—a member of the AALY Trio—joining the crew. Recorded live in a club in Norway , the music feels rawer and more reckless, especially in Ken Vandermark’s case. There is definitely a bigger stress on improvisation but the musicians forgo self-indulgence to stay concise and focused.