|Bandleader Gershon's "Benny Moten's Weird Nightmare," a bass clarinet feature for Douglas Yates, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Arrangement on an Instrumental. Bassist/composer Bob Nieske joined and began his major contribution to the E/O book, and the now-ten piece group (sans guitar) visited '50's classics from Horace Silver and Benny Golson, plus Julius Hemphill's "The Hard Blues." This 1990 recording best reflects the E/O's more intimate, jazz-combo side.
"The E/O pays tribute to the earlier masters not by mere re-creation but by redesigning the past to suit their future...consistently stimulating and very exciting: highly recommended.
Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene
"I like everything about this disc-the repertoire, the soloists, the influences, the album title, the generous timing (74-plus minutes), and even the graphic design."
Stuart Kremsky, Option Magazine
"So full of fire it's hot to the touch."
Andy Bartlett, Victory Review
Either/Orchestra: Tom Halter (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Carlson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Russell Jewell (trombone, cowbell, maracas); Curtis Hasselbring (trombone); Douglas Yates (alto sax, bass clarinet); Charlie Kohlhase (baritone sax, alto sax); John Medeski (piano, organ); Bob Nieske (bass); Matt Wilson (drums)