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KC After Dark: More Music From Robert Altman's Kansas City
By Bill Bennett There are no surprises here, but a full set of wonderfully evocative music and some food for thought. If Robert Altman has brought a bit of jazz into his films, with high levels of improvisation for example, he has also in this case brought some of the verisimilitude of film to jazz. He and his collaborators (Hal Willner and a fine all-star band) take a Method approach to jazz repertory: Where most repertory efforts ask the musicians to play the notes from classic performances...