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The Either/Orchestra:CD release show for "Mood Music for Time Travellers"

Featuring: Tom Halter, trumpet
Dan Rosenthal, trumpet
Joel Yennior, trombone
Hailey Niswanger, reeds
Russ Gershon, reeds
Charlie Kohlhase, reeds
Rafael Alcala, piano & organ
Rick McLaughlin, bass
Pablo Bencid, drums
Vicente Lebron, congas

The Either/Orchestra returns to the Regattabar to celebrate the release of its eleventh album, Mood Music for Time Travellers (Accurate Records AC-3285, street date: August 10). After several memorable years of touring, one whopping double CD and a DVD of Ethiopian collaborations, Mood Music is the band's first new album in five years and represents a return to "American" music. Of course, the E/O's America includes North, South, Central Americas and the Caribbean.

Mood Music is a 78 minute set of originals by band leader Russ Gershon, bassist Rick McLaughlin and trombonist Joel Yennior that put the indelible Either/Orchestra stamp on boogaloo, salsa, reggae, rumba, funk, Afro-beat and Latin jazz grooves. If you've been following the E/O live over the last few years, you've heard some of this material, and asked "when can I get this on disc?" Well, here it is, memorably performed and beautifully recorded. The album will be performed in its entirety at the release concert.

The Either/Orchestra is a ten-piece jazz ensemble - two trumpets, trombone, three saxophones, piano, bass, drums and congas - based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Founded in 1985 by saxophonist/composer Gershon, the E/O combines the agility and freedom of a jazz combo, the raw power and subtle coloring of a jazz orchestra and the deep grooves of Afro-Latin music. With its 25th birthday approaching in December, the continuing evolution of the group has made it stronger and more accessible than ever.

Individuality, emotion and groove set the E/O apart from many of today's other large jazz ensembles. Inspired by the diverse history of jazz and enamored of the power of popular music and dance rhythms, the E/O is not a tribute band or a neo-classical museum piece. Building upon their love for the audience, the musicians of E/O take their listeners on an exciting ride from America to the Caribbean and Africa and leave them hungry for more.