New York's Terrorist Be-Bop Uber-Jass Quartet featuring:
Peter Evans (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (saxophone),
Moppa Elliott (bass and compositions), and Kevin Shea (drums)
…Thoroughly entertaining and in-your-face, the band merges a history of jazz into a modernized contempo format that comes right at you like a bullet train. They shift the pulse and overall scope either on a nanoseconds notice or seamlessly bridge the gap between trad jazz with cartoon-ish like candor. Top-notch soloing abounds throughout, and for the most part, the band doesn’t come up for air. At times, brash, loud and irrefutably witty, the musicians forge a bond within the jazz mainstream while expounding upon familiar terrain by morphing the old with the new. But don’t expect to hear anything that hints at easy listening. These folks go for the proverbial jugular. And it’s a curiously interesting affair that stands out like a wayward child among the more conventional USA-based jazz product…
- Glen Astarita, ejazznews.com
Embracing post-modernism's all-inclusive, hyper-speed aesthetic, Elliott and company use their encyclopedic knowledge of genres and styles to enrich their statements in intersecting layers, avoiding the rote jump cut clichés of their fore bearers.
One of the most infectiously vivacious releases of the year, Shamokin!!! reveals a new wrinkle in the tradition. Historically aware and virtuosic, the wily Mostly Other People Do The Killing is an ensemble to watch.
-Troy Collins, allaboutjazz.com
…MOPDtK accompany their name with a logo depicting a catastrophic gunshot wound to the head. The music is a keen analogue as minds are sure to be blown by the near-masterpiece they’ve come up with here.
– Derek Taylor, Bagatellen.com
…Musicians now are generally known for doing their own thing, but bassist Moppa Elliott’s tight quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing shows that expectations are made to be defied. The band members’ pedigree includes avant-rock and European-style free improv, but they play yesterday’s postbop—a form that predates their births—like there’s no tomorrow….Daresay, this band swings.
-Kurt Gottschalk, Time Out New York
…Mostly Other People do the Killing is a relentless and compulsive quest to reach new horizons while reverence for the past and tradition. However, without shackles and freedom.
(translated from Spanish)
The beauty of art endures despite the obstacles if the artist continues to create something new (Lester Bowie)
-Sergio Piccirilli, El Intruso.com
"Elliott offers a humbly progressive blueprint for the future of jazz: His band goes way out, but doesn't forsake the thrill of playing in the pocket"
-Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York
"[Elliott] lays down vibrant rhythms around which the horns jostle and cajole taking the pieces to riotous levels while maintaining reference points to earlier periods to depict the illustrious evolution of Jazz."
Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a quartet founded on the idea that not only is Jazz still alive and vibrant, but it can and should be fun, engaging and thoroughly contemporary. Under the playful pseudonym, "Leonardo Featherweight," Elliott writes, "Rather than settling into one style or historical period, MOPDTK fuses the entire spectrum of Jazz and the various forms of improvised music it has spawned into a single, seamless melange of Uber-Jass."
Their second album, "Shamokin!!!" is a dense jungle of musical signifiers held together by the adhesive qualities inherent to the Jazz Tradition. Elliott's unique and original method of composition uses instantly recognizable gestures from the American aural lexicon to set up expectations in the ears of the listener. Once established, MOPDTK deviates from these expectations as rapidly as possible, only bring them back in myriad transformations and abstractions. The tunes themselves range from bossas to bugaloos, rock to smooth Jazz, and swing to disco, often within the same composition.
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