IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
Sets at 8:30 & 10:30PM
One Night Only!
Thursday, May 17th
The Either/Orchestra is:
Tom Halter, Dan Rosenthal - trumpets
Joel Yennior - trombone (Robert Stringer on May 17)
Godwin Louis - alto sax, flute
Russ Gershon - tenor, soprano sax
Kurtis Rivers - baritone sax, flute
Rafael Alcala - piano (Gilad Barkan on May 17)
Rick McLaughlin - bass
Pablo Bencid - drums
Vicente Lebron - congas, percussion
Neither a big swing band nor an orchestra in the conventional percept of the word, but rather a large ensemble with an even larger presence... this amazing group possesses one of the strongest sax lines, that I have ever heard...
After nineteen years of collaboration and ten albums, this ensemble defies categorization and that is by design. Their sound and musical direction will never be duplicated or co-opted. They are so inimitable in every sense of the word that emulation is an impossibility. And, their musical ideas and creativity run rampant. Probably from ingesting every conceivable musical influence, their music is splattered with a broad colorful palette, unique chordal harmonies, ever-evolving rhythms, and a sense of exoticism. The show was not your typical simple, rote playing type of gig. Conceptually the music is a repository of everything original and fresh, seasoned by the influences of Mingus and Sun Ra." --Randy Treece, Albanyjazz.com
The most extraordinary musical performance I have heard/seen in years. I was amazed and inspired by all aspects of the show. Each musician has a unique musical persona, each brilliantly highlighted on occasion throughout the course of the program. Each musician is regarded with respect by his counterparts and all shine as individuals and in combo. It must be an incredible experience to be an onstage player in this band: just to be in the audience was a joy- I can only imagine how much fun it must be to be playing the music...
I could keep on trying to put in words what I find impossible to describe. Let me end by saying that the Either/Orchestra is an amazing musical venture on its own merits. It also is inspiring to think that the band is continuing one of the great American musical traditions, big band jazz - not as an archivist player of the past- but as a fresh breath of energy and new life to the medium. This gives me hope for the future of music and for the future of a humanity capable of creating such transcendent wonders..." --Nick Carstoiu, composer
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