All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Accurate Records Either/OrchestraMood Music for Time Travellers giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on January 27th.
About the Either/Orchestra and Mood Music for Time Travellers
For 25 years, Boston's Either/Orchestra has been serving up musical repasts of savory, ever-evolving ingredients. Incorporating elements of American/Latin/Caribbean jazz and Ethiopian music with the big band format and the capacious musical vision of founder Russ Gershon, the 10-piece ensemble has long embraced a global array of influences and explored unforeseen improvisational frontiers.
Now, marking their silver anniversary with the release of their first CD in five years (Mood Music for Time Travellers) and a series of celebratory shows and events, the Either/Orchestra is in its creative prime, a venerable institution that's still hungry for new sounds.
I'm proud of the continuing achievements of the talented and creative musicians who have come through the E/O," says saxophonist/composer Gershon. And what's really wonderful about working with these great players is how each one has left his mark on what we play and how we play it to this day."
Alums of the band include Miguel Zenon, John Medeski, Matt Wilson, Josh Roseman, Jaleel Shaw, Andrea D'Angelo, Mike Rivard, and Curtis Hasselbring, as well as Ethiopian jazz stars Mulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed, and Getachew Mekurya. Among the E/O's current mainstays are charter trumpeter Tom Halter; Dominican-born conguero Vicente Lebron, a longtime member; and Venezuelan drummer Pablo Bencid, a relative newcomer of five years.
I wanted to hear a band like this one," recalls Gershon, thinking about the E/O's origins. I was hearing the Gil Evans Orchestra regularly in the early 80s in New York at Sweet Basil. I loved the combination of expansive horn section writing with a large and raucous rhythm section, and the way Gil would let his amazing soloists take over the band. I remember thinking I'd like to hear sounds like that in Boston, so I didn't have to come to New York every time I wanted the experience."