311

Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Forty Fort

Jakob Baekgaard By

Sign in to view read count
Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Forty Fort Even though jazz is an improvised art that's bursting with the unexpected, some groups stand out as being especially adventurous and wild. In terms of anarchy of sound, Mostly Other People Do the Killing is in a class of its own.

On their fourth effort, Forty Fort, the group descends further into musical madness, exploring a wealth of styles that would make even Miles Davis blush. "Pen Argyll" kicks things off with its punctuated rock groove and the heated horns of alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon and trumpeter Peter Evans.

"Nanticoke Coke" is an odd mixture of old-fashioned swing, high-octane funk and avant-garde improvisation that comes across as a joyous march through an imaginary New Orleans reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.

It is hard to navigate through the jungle of sounds presented on the album. In one moment, on "Forty Fort," the group plays pleasant straight-ahead swing, and the next minute they explode into a fury of sound, the jazz equivalent of a speed metal band.

There is a sense of postmodern play with identity, authenticity and the purity of genre, underlined by the jocular liner notes by "Leonard Featherweight"—hinting at legendary jazz critic Leonard Feather—who describes the clothes (!) and not the music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Haynes and Henry Grimes (implying, satirically, that modern music criticism is nothing but an empty weaving of words).

Indeed, the vocabulary of the written word isn't wide enough to cover the crazy world of Mostly Other People Do the Killing. The album ends with what sounds like a toilet flushing and the words "You did a great job," congratulating the listener. Whether this is meant ironically or not is debatable, but the statement goes both ways.

This is music that requires something of the listener, but is also a lot of fun. It may be that the band has flushed out all the clichés of tradition, but in its anarchistic scope and vision, Forty Fort sticks close to the true spirit of jazz.

Track Listing: Pen Argyl; Rough and Ready; Blue Ball; Nanticoke Coke; Little Hope; Forty Fort; Round Bottom, Square Top; St. Mary's Proctor; Cute.

Personnel: Peter Evans: trumpet; Jon Irabagon: alto and tenor saxophones; Moppa Elliott: bass; Kevin Shea: drums, electronics.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Hot Cup Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Dreamsville CD/LP/Track Review Dreamsville
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 26, 2017
Read High Time CD/LP/Track Review High Time
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 26, 2017
Read April CD/LP/Track Review April
by Jerome Wilson
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Adam's Apple CD/LP/Track Review Adam's Apple
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Small World CD/LP/Track Review Small World
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read "Chicago II" CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Freedom is Space for the Spirit" CD/LP/Track Review Freedom is Space for the Spirit
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 2, 2017
Read "Lightyears" CD/LP/Track Review Lightyears
by Jim Olin
Published: July 2, 2016
Read "Deep" CD/LP/Track Review Deep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 5, 2017
Read "Mundo" CD/LP/Track Review Mundo
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 30, 2016
Read "Fellow Creatures" CD/LP/Track Review Fellow Creatures
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 25, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!