"Constellations" opens with the title track, a fairly straightforward catchy song. A lot of Dave Douglas discs start with a catchy one, and this is no exception. "Unhooking The Safety Net" has an Eastern European feel to the melody, and is free-jazzy. "Hope Ring True" is fairly free, though there's a theme running through it. You can hear very quickly that the band is very tight - this CD was recorded mid-tour. "Taking Sides" is a highlight with some great improv. "The Gig" is a Herbie Nichols song that's been delightfully dismantled and reassembled on the fly. I've seen a few jazz writers say this is one of the best CD's of the 90's. Unfortunately for me, I don't like the next three songs as much, taking this out of the running. "Vanitatus Vanitatum" closes the CD out in humorous fashion.
If you like Dave Douglas, the Tiny Bell Trio, or modern jazz, I recommend this. I'm not sure it's one of the best of the '90's, but it's good.