At the New England Conservatory these days, "improvisation"
means all kinds of things, not all of them jazz. You need have looked no
further than the performance by Rabbit Rabbit at the Regattabar Wednesday
night. The band is the duo project of the violinist/composer/singer (and NEC
faculty member) Carla Kihlstedt and composer-multi-instrumentalist Matthias
After a decade dominated by their explorations of
Ethiopian jazz, the Either/Orchestra
have returned on Mood Music for Time Travellers
(Accurate), their first album in five years, to good ol' Amurican jazz -
meaning Latin, African, swing, free. The leadoff track, bandleader Russ
Gershon's "The (One of a Kind) Shimmy," is a classic boogaloo, with rolling
piano figures and call-and-response horns.