Ballet is Vu and Bill Frisell's tribute to composer/arranger Michael Gibbs, goes a hundred and eighty degrees from the Metheny/Vu density, offering up a spacious and less electric sound, a less studio tweakings music. Vu sounds almost mainstream—not his usual mode—with a clean, pure tone, without his customary electro-blurring; Frisell issues crisp, sharp notes and resonant, metallic chords. Space is a feature. Vu, who normally fits firmly "out there" category leans toward the mainstream here. So do his bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor.
- All About Jazz, Dan McClenaghan