Either/Orchestra: More Beautiful Than Death
Where the genius of Russ Gershon’s latest creation (and E/O sixth release) is evident is their ability to move gracefully between genres and styles. The band has always been equally comfortable with Sun Ra or Dizzy Gillespie’s music. Their latest offering glides through complex charts of simple entertainment. On “All Those SOBs,” Dan Kaufman’s piano plays Thelonious Monk’s “Crepuscule With Nellie” behind an Ellington blues groove, swung hard by the trumpet of Tom Halter. They change gears quickly into a Mambo, some calypso, a bit of Reggae, and parts of an Ethiopian Suite that sounds as if it should be expanded into an entire recording itself. The disc closes with “The Eighth Wonder” where Dan Kaufman’s Wurlitzer electric piano accompanies a funky horn line worthy of Oakland’s Tower Of Power. Recordings of the E/O really only give us a sample of the talented musicians employed by and glimpse at the hundreds of charts mastered by Gershon’s troops. These 74 minutes of music leave the listener wanting more.
Track List:Amiak Abet Abet; Number Three; More Beautiful Than Death; Musicawi Silt; Breaktime For Dougo; All Those SOBs; Slow Mambo For J.J.; Feker Aydelmwey; The Eighth Wonder.
Personnel: Tom Halter