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Either/Orchestra

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On-and-off for more than 15 years, Boston’s ten-piece Either/Orchestra offers performed engagingly idiosyncratic large-ensemble jazz even though serving like a formative workshop for music artists who’ve received significant well-known and critical acknowledgement within their post-E/O professions. Because the band’s inception in 1985, the guiding pressure behind Either/Orchestra is definitely composer and tenor/soprano saxophonist Russ Gershon. Under Gershon’s management, the ensemble offers successfully balanced severe musicianship and respect for the jazz custom having a quirky and occasionally off-the-wall love of life. Gershon and different other bandmembers possess composed much initial E/O materials, however the group can be known because of its occasionally reverent, occasionally irreverent addresses of both jazz and non-jazz repertoire. Nearly every materials is fair video game for reinterpretation based on Either/Orchestra’s all-encompassing look at from the musical globe: compositions by Ellington, Mingus, and Monk should arrive as no real surprise, but music by Bacharach, Dylan, and also Robert Fripp and Bobbie Gentry also discover their method into E/O recordings and live shows. Either/Orchestra revels in providing the unexpected and it is permanently throwing curves in the listener. While deftly combining idioms, E/O regularly meets the anticipations of the greatest large-ensemble jazz; the band’s users single with both enthusiasm and skill, get around complex graphs, and golf swing with abandon. Between 1987 and 1996, Either/Orchestra released six CDs on Gershon’s Accurate Information label: Dial “E” (1987), Radium (1988), The Fifty percent Lifestyle of Desire (1990), The Calculus of Pleasure (1992), The Brunt (1994), and Over the Omniverse (1996), a ten-year retrospective of previously unreleased materials. Gershon trumpeter Tom Halter and trombonist Russell Jewell can be found throughout many of these recordings; alto/baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase can be a significant ongoing E/O member who produced his initial appearance on Radium. Because the music group underwent various workers adjustments during its initial decade, several observed music artists came and proceeded to go, including keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Matt Wilson, trombonists Josh Roseman and Curtis Hasselbring, and saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo. After departing Either/Orchestra, these performers became in-demand program players and associates of varied innovative working rings on the brand new York innovative music scene through the 1990s (or, regarding Medeski, a real star towards the neo-hippie jam music group crowd as an associate of Medeski, Martin & Real wood). In 1997, Either/Orchestra continued hiatus but was back again the following yr with restored purpose as well as the high energies and spirits of seven younger fresh members becoming a member of veterans Gershon, Halter, and Kohlhase. The brand new lineup included drummer Harvey Wirht from Surinam and percussionist Vicente Lebron from your Dominican Republic who, alongside bassist Rick McLaughlin, offered possibly the deepest groove the music group had yet accomplished. In 1999, the brand new ensemble went in to the studio room to record Even more Beautiful Than Loss of life, that was released in 2000 because the 1st Either/Orchestra Compact disc in four years. Even more Gorgeous Than Death provided powerful fresh innovative jazz compositions by Gershon, and a fresh path for the music group: E/O plans of 1970s Ethiopian pop tunes “Amiak Abet Abet” by Teshome Sissay, “Musicawi Silt” by Girma Beyene, and “Feker Aydelmwey” by Ayalew Mesfin. Exuberant and infectiously rhythmic, the Ethiopian music were perfect automobiles for Gershon and Halter to use their imaginative organizing skills as well as for the latest edition of E/O to slice loose. More Gorgeous Than Death demonstrated that following a several-year absence from your recording studio room, Either/Orchestra could re-emerge as solid or more powerful than ever, keeping continuity using its past, presenting fresh new skill and still getting inspiration within the unexpected. 2 yrs would move before they released another record, but Afro-Cubism was announced because the to begin two discs to become released between your fall of 2002 as well as the springtime of 2003. This record was due to having an excessive amount of recorded materials that they wished to release, therefore they divide it between their Latin-influenced music and their traditional jazz compositions.

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Music Songs Yezemed yebada, More Beautiful Than Death, The Brunt, Feker Aydelmwey, Odwallah, The Shimmy, Antchim endelela, Muziqawi silt, The Half-Life of Desire, Born in a Suitcase, Bennie Moten's Weird Nightmare, Eyeye, Permit Blues, Soul Tezeta, Amiak Abet Abet, Breaktime For Dougo, Heavily Amplified Hairpiece, Shellela, Coolocity, Unnatural Pastime, Altchalkoum, Notes on a Cliff, Beaucoups Kookoo, Baby Invents Monk, Jon's Dream, Portrait of Lindsey Schust, Keset eswa betcha, Embi Ba, The Petrograd Revision, Nutty/Ode to Billie Joe, Ropa loca, Look To The Lion
Albums Ethiopiques 20: Live in Addis, Afro-Cubism, Mood Music for Time Travelers, The Calculus of Pleasure, Neo-Modernism, The Half-Life of Desire, Across the Omniverse, The Brunt, More Beautiful Than Death, Radium


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1 Members have included Jimmy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Si Zentner, Charley Teagarden, Helen O'Connell (vocalist), June Richmond (vocalist), Patti Lewis (vocalist; as Patti Palmer), Ray Anthony, Lenny Dee.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Restorers {They Were All Volunteers} 2011 Documentary performer: "Stompin' at the Savoy"
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Cari fottutissimi amici 1994 performer: "SORGHUM SWITCH"
Cookie 1989 performer: "Jay Dee's Boogie Woogie" - as Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Radio Days 1987 performer: "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" 1943
Missing 1982 performer: "ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL" 1940 - as Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Music Man 1948 performer: "Bella Bella Marie", "Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day", "I Could Swear It Was You", "Shy Ann from Old Cheyenne" - as the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Headline Bands 1946 Short performer: "Dusk in Upper Sandusky" - uncredited
Hollywood Canteen 1944 music: "Don't Fence Me In" 1934 / performer: "Don't Fence Me In" 1934, "Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart" 1944, "You Can Always Tell a Yank" 1944, "We're Having a Baby" 1941, "What Are You Doin' the Rest of Your Life" 1944, "Gettin' Corns for My Country" 1944, "King Porter Stomp" 1923 uncredited, "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" 1943 uncredited, "The Very Thought of You" 1934 uncredited
Lost in a Harem 1944 performer: "What Does It Take" 1944, "John Silver" 1944 - uncredited
Four Jills in a Jeep 1944 performer: "How Blue the Night", " If You Can't Sing It You'll Have to Swing It", "Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine", "The Champ", "Ohio", "You Send Me", "Crazy Me" - uncredited
I Dood It 1943 performer: "Star Eyes" 1943, "One O'Clock Jump" 1937
The Fleet's In 1942 performer: "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry" - as Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, uncredited / performer: "I Remember You" - as Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra, uncredited / performer: "Not Mine" uncredited, "Tangerine" uncredited, "When You Hear the Time Signal" uncredited, "If You Build a Better Mousetrap" uncredited, "Tomorrow You Belong to Uncle Sammy"
You Leave Me Breathless 1938 Short performer: "You Leave Me Breathless" - as the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Varieties 1952 Short Orchestra
Music Man 1948 Orchestra
The Fabulous Dorseys 1947 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (as Jimmy Dorsey's Band)
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Jimmy Dorsey and His Band (as Jimmy Dorsey and His Band)
Lost in a Harem 1944
Four Jills in a Jeep 1944 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
I Dood It 1943 Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra 1938 Short Themselves

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