The Either/Orchestra is an jazz group formed by Russ Gershon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1985.In more than two decades of performing and recording, the ten-piece Either/Orchestra has attempted to redefine the large jazz ensemble. Configured as a small big-band, with three saxes, two trumpets and trombone (originally two trombones), the E/O can sound heavier and more orchestrated than a jazz combo, but remains more streamlined and improvisation-oriented than most big-bands.Drawing on leader Gershon's experience on the Boston rock scene, and on the diverse musical backgrounds of the members, the broad outlines of the group were influenced by Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus and Sun Ra. The group also makes significant references to pop and rock, along and the full range of jazz syles ranging from early jazz through the avant-garde. This broad collection of influences is reflected by the (non-original) compositions recorded by the band over the years: Doxy (Sonny Roll
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