Twenty-five years is a long time in jazz. When saxophonist/composer/bandleader Russ Gershon founded the Either/Orchestra back in 1985, trumpeter Miles Davis
was on the crest of his jazz/funk comeback wave, and the so-called Young Lions movement fronted by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis
was coming into prominence, just as Weather Report
the last of the great '70s fusion bandswas coming to an end. In those days, the orchestras of Cab Calloway
, Buddy Rich
and Sun Ra
were still touring, and you could also see Sarah Vaughan
, Stan Getz
, Jackie McLean
and Stephane Grappelli
When the Either/Orchestra played its first gig in Cambridge Public Library in December 1985, Gershon set in motion an adventure that, so far, has produced 12 albums with some of the most original and arresting large-ensemble jazz of the modern era. Ian Patterson
spoke with Gershon recently, following the release of Either/Orchestra's latest, Mood Music for Time Travelers
(Accurate Records, 2010), and, as expected, he's a lot to say about a group that's now one of the longest-standing groups in modern jazz. Check it all out in Ian's in-depth interview, Russ Gershon: Time Traveler, Four Million Years Later
, published today at All About Jazz!
But there's more. To celebrate the release of Mood Music for Time Travelers
, All About Jazz is bringing you even more coverage: read Ian's insightful CD Review
, also published today; and download The (one of a kind) Shimmy,"
from Mood Music for Time Travelers
, today's Free MP3.
All About Jazz is committed to bringing you the most extensive coverage anywhere, surrounding new releases, so be sure to check out all the buzz about Russ Gershon, Either/Orchestra and Mood Music for Time Travelers
today at All About Jazz!