More Beautiful Than Death

More Beautiful Than Death

by Either/Orchestra

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Overview

More Beautiful Than Death

Either/Orchestra, founded in 1985 by saxophonist Russ Gershon, is a ten-piece alternative outfit that will be readily appreciated by fans of Sun Ra, Dave Douglas, and Charles Mingus. MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN DEATH may be a bubbling stew of African and Latin rhythms, yet the orchestra never lets you forget they're a jazz band. "The Eighth Wonder" is pure '60s funk, with Dan Kaufman on Fender Rhodes, Gershon on tenor, and trombonist Joel Yennior all strutting soulfully. Trumpeter Tom Halter reaches into the gutbucket on "All Those Sobs," a slow boiler that evokes a smoky 1950s strip club, although the slightly off-kilter harmonies remind you it's 2000. The most intriguing cut, though, is the opener, "Amiak Abet Abet," the first installment of the "Ethiopian Suite." A hard-charging horn ensemble theme, played over an insistent bass line and the clicking of drummer Harvey Wirht's sticks, gives way to an aggressive solo by Halter before altoist Jaleel Shaw brings it back down to earth, almost. A real sleeper of a CD from a band that deserves to be heard.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2000
Label: Accurate Records
UPC: 0743431328229
catalogNumber: 3282

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Either/Orchestra   Primary Artist
Charlie Kohlhase   Baritone Saxophone
Russ Gershon   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tom Halter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Harvey Wright   Drums
Atemu Aton   Bass
Miguel Zenón   Alto Saxophone
Rick McLaughlin   Bass
Joel Yennior   Trombone
Colin Fisher   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vicente Lebron   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Jaleel Shaw   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Russ Gershon   Producer,Cover Design
Mike Peters   Engineer
Matthew Ellard   Engineer
Eric Pfeiffer   Visual Consultant
Scott Eisenberg   Engineer

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