By Larry Blumenfeld
Updated July 07, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Bang on a Can & Don Byron (Cantaloupe) Byron, jazz’s best clarinetist, plays on just three tracks on A Ballad For Many. But his genius for composing category-defying music shines throughout. Bang on a Can’s sextet pulls off Byron’s challenges, from the jump-cut humor of the six-part ”Eugene” suite to the wobbly beauty of the waltz-like ”Basquiat.” Don’t call this eclectic: It’s simply complete.