The Jazz Session #223: Gabriel Gloege

Drummer Gabriel Gloege’s Dymaxion Quartet takes inspiration from Buckminster Fuller and photographer Asca S.R. Aull on the album Sympathetic Vibrations. In this interview, Gloege talks about those two sources of inspiration; how Fuller’s ideas and Aull’s photos inform the music on this album; and how he structures his compositions in the absence of a chordal instrument. Learn more at dymaxion4.com.

The Jazz Session #219: Either/Orchestra’s Russ Gershon

The Either/Orchestra is celebrating 25 years of making music with their new CD, Mood Music For Time Travellers (Accurate Records, 2010). In this interview, founder and leader Russ Gershon talks about how the band got started; how it has survived for 25 years; and the music on the new album, which returns to the “classic” E/O sound after several years working with Ethiopian musicians. Learn more at either-orchestra.org.

The Jazz Session #208: Blue Cranes

Portland, Oregon-based band Blue Cranes have a new record called Observatories that continues their exploration of a wide variety of musical styles. In this interview, two members of Blue Crane discuss the band’s origin; its expansion from a quartet to a quintet; the use of the studio as an instrument; and their fan-funded upcoming national tour by train. Learn more at www.bluecranesmusic.com.

The Jazz Session #194: Shane Endsley of Kneebody

For more than a decade, Kneebody has been making music that’s hard to classify and harder to resist. Their new album is You Can Have Your Moment (Winter & Winter, 2010). In this interview, trumpeter Shane Endsley talks about the band’s different approach to recording the new album; the complex series of musical cues the band uses to arrange music live onstage; and how the combination of Theo Bleckmann and Charles Ives led to a recording relationship with the Winter & Winter label. Learn more at kneebody.com.