Across the Omniverse

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Marking the tenth anniversary of their existence as a performing unit, Across the Omniverse is a two-CD set which documents live recordings from 1986-1995. There are six different configurations of the band, each containing a shifting cast of ten or 11 members and the selections offer a good representation of the type of material they generally performed. Essentially, they are a just slightly left of mainstream group with fairly "standard" charts augmented by soloists quite capable of playing outside. Leader Russ Gershon showed a strong affinity for Ellington and Mingus as well as various modern masters like Roscoe Mitchell. The original compositions range from smart and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Marking the tenth anniversary of their existence as a performing unit, Across the Omniverse is a two-CD set which documents live recordings from 1986-1995. There are six different configurations of the band, each containing a shifting cast of ten or 11 members and the selections offer a good representation of the type of material they generally performed. Essentially, they are a just slightly left of mainstream group with fairly "standard" charts augmented by soloists quite capable of playing outside. Leader Russ Gershon showed a strong affinity for Ellington and Mingus as well as various modern masters like Roscoe Mitchell. The original compositions range from smart and catchy Gershon's "Theme From the E-Men" to several others that sound more murky and sluggish. As in any Either/Orchestra affair, however, much of the fun is in the uncannily weird choices they make with regard to cover songs. Recordings that include versions of songs by both Burt Bacharach and John Tchicai must be few and far between, not to mention a sludgy, hard rock version of John Lennon's "I Want You She's So Heavy." Fans of the ensemble will certainly want this release, but newcomers would be better served by earlier, and more solid, albums like The Calculus of Pleasure or The Half-Life of Desire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/1996
  • Label: Accurate Records
  • UPC: 743431327222
  • Catalog Number: 3272
  • Sales rank: 171,667

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Either/Orchestra Primary Artist
Jerry Hahn Guitar
Dominique Eade Vocals
Charlie Kohlhase Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Kazu Trombone
Dan Fox Trombone
Frank Carlberg Piano
Steve Adams Alto Saxophone
Jay Brandford Alto Saxophone
Paul Bryan Bass
John Carlson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Allan Chase Alto Saxophone
Dana Colley Baritone Saxophone
Andrew D'Angelo Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jerry Deupree Drums
John Dirac Guitar
Russ Gershon Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tom Halter Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mitch Haupers Guitar
Robert Hudson Trombone
Russell Jewell Trombone
John Medeski Organ, Piano, Hammond Organ
Bob Nieske Bass
Tim Ray Piano
Michael Rivard Bass, Electric Bass
Mark Sandman Guitar, Vocals
Phil Scarff Alto Saxophone
Tony Scherr Bass
Matt Simon Trumpet
John Tchicai Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tom Whaley Trombone
Ben Wittman Drums
Doug Yates Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dave Ballou Trumpet
Judy Kuhn Vocals
Bobby Ward Drums
Steve Grismore Guitar
Josh Roseman Trombone
John Turner Bass
Matt Wilson Drums
Henry Cook Alto Saxophone
Michael Shea Piano
Oscar Noriega Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Steve Norton Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Lindsay Trumpet
Curtis Hasselbring Trombone
Steve Forey Trumpet
Kenny Freundlich Synthesizer, Piano, DX-7
Nii Narku Percussion
Eric Pfeiffer Guitar
David Phillip Piano
Ted Pine Piano
David Poyourow Bass
Dave Shrake Trombone
Robb Rawlings Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mark McGrain Trombone
Chris Wood Bass
Eric Rosenthal Drums
Jamie Moore Drums
Morris Acevedo Guitar
Jeff Friedman Guitar
Chris Taylor Synthesizer, Piano
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Billy Skinner Composer
John Dirac Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Russ Gershon Arranger, Producer, Cover Design
George B. Hicks Producer, Engineer
Peter Kontrimas Engineer
Michael Rivard Arranger
Mark Sandman Arranger
Jim Siegel Engineer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
George Hicks Producer, Engineer
Laurie Flannery Mastering
Steve Falke Engineer
Eric Pfeiffer Illustrations
David Prince Liner Notes
Robb Rawlings Arranger
Roger Stevenson Engineer
Bill Crabtree Digital Editing
Michael Merril Engineer
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