Downbeat calls them simply “the best little big band ever.”
The Either/Orchestra – the long-running Boston-based 10-piece jazz band – will be landing at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy for a special matinee performance at 3pm on Sunday, in which they’ll be premiering a new suite, “The Collected Unconscious.”
The dynamic new composition by saxophonist-bandleader Russ Gershon is based on the pentatonic modes and triple rhythms of Ethiopian music infused with a big dose of jazz swing, Latin energy, big-band precision and memorable melodies. The suite resonates with echoes of Ellington, Mingus, Tito Puente, Sun Ra and others in its broad, ambitious musical scope.
Sunday’s concert will also feature other music with strong Ethiopian influences, as the band made its second tour of the country in May of this year. Their first tour of Ethiopia back in 2004 resulted in their knockout live album, “Ethiopiques 20: Live in Addis,” which AllAboutJazz.com hailed as “astonishing… monumental… the best live album of the year – in any genre.”
The Either/Orchestra features some of the finest jazz players in New England, including baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase (heard with Dead Cat Bounce at Proctors earlier this year) and young sax phenom Hailey Niswanger (who was one of the brightest discoveries of last year’s Freihofer Jazz Festival).
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