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Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a jazz quartet based in New York City including trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, bassist Moppa Elliott, and drummer Kevin Shea. The group formed in 2003 and has released three albums to date on Elliott's Hot Cup label including an eponymous debut, Shamokin!!!, and This Is Our Moosic. The latter two albums feature cover art that parodies classic albums by Art Blakey and Ornette Coleman. Jon Irabagon was the winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition, and has released his first album on the Concord Records label. In 2009, Mostly Other People Do the Killing was voted the winner of the 57th Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll in the Rising Star Ensemble category. Evans, Irabagon, and Elliott were also included in the poll in the respective categories of Rising Star Trumpet, Rising Star Alto Saxophone, and Rising Star Composer. Bandleader Moppa Elliott read more...
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MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Moppa Elliott's Mostly Other People Do The Killing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moppa Elliott's Mostly Other People Do The Killing
Eclectic Fusion 2005
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Shamokin!!! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shamokin!!!
Eclectic Fusion 2007
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING This Is Our Moosic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is Our Moosic
Eclectic Fusion 2008
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Forty Fort album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Forty Fort
Eclectic Fusion 2009
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Slippery Rock album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Slippery Rock
Eclectic Fusion 2013
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Red Hot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Red Hot
21st Century Modern 2013
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Blue album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Blue
Cool Jazz 2014
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Mauch Chunk album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Mauch Chunk
Eclectic Fusion 2015
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Loafer's Hollow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Loafer's Hollow
Swing 2017
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Blue Spiral Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Spiral Music
21st Century Modern 2017

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MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING The Coimbra Concert album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
The Coimbra Concert
Eclectic Fusion 2011
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Hannover album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hannover
Eclectic Fusion 2015
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING (Live) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
(Live)
Eclectic Fusion 2016

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MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING (Live)

Live album · 2016 · Eclectic Fusion
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snobb
Russian inventor of French descent Léon Theremin (who invented one of a very early electro-acoustic musical device known as Termenvox, beloved instrument of French electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre till now) once said on Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin: "Stalin wasn't bad. . . . It was mostly other people did all the killing."

American band which chose this citation as their name must have a lot of (risky) humor, and yes - they have. Quartet of skilled musicians did their name playing tributes-parodies on known jazz albums from the past, incl. Art Blakey's A Night in Tunisia (Blue Note, 1960); Ornette Coleman's This Is Our Music (Atlantic, 1960); Roy Haynes' Out of the Afternoon (Impulse!, 1962); Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert (ECM, 1975).Their "Blue" is a note-for-note reproduction of the Miles Davis album Kind of Blue.

With growth of members' solo activities, band themselves don't release a lot, "(live)" is their the only album released this year. More important, containing material comes from as far as autumn of 2012,when the concert has been recorded in Poland during Jazz & Beyond Improvised Music Festival in Katowice.It's a bit strange that it is released just now - during all these years band enjoyed high popularity and they have released only two live albums till now ("live" is band's third).

Anyway, new album contains well recorded music based mostly on band's four first (and as many will agree most raw and funny) albums, "President Polk" comes from upcoming in 2013 their album "Slippery Rock!" though. Musicians are in great form, they obviously enjoy playing to dedicated public, so band music's fans get MOPDTK at their best - almost burlesque-like high energy tuneful jazz-punk circus. 75-minutes long it doesn't last like such what is always a sign of non-boring and truly entertaining show.

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING Blue

Album · 2014 · Cool Jazz
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“Blue” is the latest album by the modern jazz ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing”, and it features a note-for-note exact recreation of Miles Davis’ classic “Kind of Blue” album. As an album to sit and listen to again and again, "Blue" rates anywhere from zero stars to maybe one half, but as a provocative statement about the nature of jazz and its future, its an easy five star concept album. This album reminds me of John Cage’s classic “4:33”, a conceptually challenging piece that was made up of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence that tried to prod the listener into listening to the sounds around them as if they were music. To some, Cage’s piece may have seemed like a joke, but for others it was a doorway into seeing not only music in an entirely different way, but the world of perception in general. Although MOPDK is remaining mostly silent about the intent of their “Blue” album, I would imagine that much like how John Cage challenged people’s perception of music, MOPDK seems to be challenging people to consider what is jazz.

By definition, jazz is supposed to have two main ingredients; group improvisation and syncopated rhythms, and this is the sort of thing most jazz fans are looking for in this music they choose. Is an album that re-creates a previous improvisation in an exact note-for-note recording actually a jazz record, I’d have to say of course not, and I think many would agree with me, and I think that’s exactly why this album exists. MOPDK is posing an interesting challenge here, how much copying from the past does it take to kill the spirit in the music.

Hard bop is not a revivalist form of music, because it never really went away in the first place. Instead, much like blues, punk rock, bluegrass or even fusion or free jazz, hard bop is just a classic style of music that is here to stay. There should be no shame for hard bopsters playing the music they love for the fans that appreciate it, but when you see modern album covers that try to capture the look of 60s Blue Note covers, skinny black ties and all, you realize there can be a downside to all this. This “Blue” copycat album seems like a wake up call for those who could be lulled into too much imitation.

But there’s more, what about the future of jazz? Could there some day be a club or group that featured replica’s of classic recordings; Mingus’ “Ah-Um”, “In a Silent Way”, or Ornette’s “Free Jazz”?!?! Possibly “Blue” is meant to be a pre-emptive shot to make sure that doesn’t happen in any sort of unconscious fashion. Thanks to MOPDK, the cat is out of the bag on that idea. There are more issues that this album can raise, but at this point its probably best to let the reader reflect upon this odd album and its cannon of clever ironies and draw their own conclusions.

Having covered the philosophical issues, what about the music itself? MOPDK is a very talented group when they play their modern schtick, but their feel for 60s cool swing is a little on the stiff side, I would imagine worrying about getting all those notes right would add to that. The imitations of Miles, Adderly and Evans aren’t too bad, but the Coltrane sound is hard to listen to for long. Overall, when it comes to making a sly provocative statement, this album is a near masterpiece, but when it comes to something to listen to, its worth almost one listen out of curiosity and thats about it. Congratulations to MOPDK, it took a lot of guts to put this out, as well as a good bit of insight too.

Too give you an idea of the slippery slope that this album hints at, for a moment I couldn’t help myself from wondering how “Blue” could have been improved by having Wallace Roney cover Miles, Brad Mehldau for Evans and Kenny Garrett for Coltrane, and thus begins the unconscious slide into jazz hell, a nightclub that functions as a museum of sorts.

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING The Coimbra Concert

Live album · 2011 · Eclectic Fusion
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Very funny, guys! I mean, for me to grab this one, as soon as I spot it on the shelves, thinking it's The Köln Concert, when in fact ...! Son of a ... ! The irony is that there isn't even anyone playing the piano here and just by matching these albums' somptuous improvisations, the whole scene is already superficial: Köln is solemn, Coimbra is scrambled jazz. So keep an eye out for these forgers, because they've been doing this for a while now. Thing is, they don't even bother to counterfeit to the tiniest detail; it's almost like that pun: "We've replaced a jazz classic with our own wacky product, let's see if anybody notices". Being quite mad on their antics re:Köln, I was determined to viciously nickpick the hell out of this album; problem is, it's terrific stuff.

Ironies persist. The Coimbra Concert n'est pas un concert. The concert took place back then; more exactly, with a feeble impression that they would pick it up from the start on day two ("Pen Argyl", track #1 off the second CD, browsing ALL the themes that were profiled the previous hour). TCC is an intense, provocative double album, but I do not doubt that, just as well, it can be a hard venture. The guys play awesome, but their ramblings can also take their toll: never finishing the melodies they start, locked in a "catch me if you can" jest with the audience or between themselves, each adding notes or sliding semitones as they feel like etc. I'm surprised Moppa Elliott wrote the songs (or at least their basics), because he's not in charge; Peter Evans (inerrable this year, with at least seven different albums released) and Jon Irabagon feud and duel, while Kevin Shea can really be a pain in the ass, changing pulses in perpetuum, getting bored in the heat of the moment or rattling others' peaceful chants.

Yet, as most free-jazz concerts take pleasure in chaos, seek to model a new sonic sphere or to idealize the bond between different personalities, surely The Coimbra Concert is more fun. Filtering all the distinguishable or purely fanciful quotations, disputing all the rules that don't even exist, we can point out, beyond music, the act itself (and its energy): exulted, versed, canny, pretentious.

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