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Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

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Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of groups, a jazz band, a rock band and a dance band. All three ensembles continue Elliott's off-center sensibilities, but in different ways. ...

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James Brandon Lewis, Mick Rossi and More

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Finding your own path is one thing, staying on it is another. This show features several musicians who are doing that today. Bassist Moppa Elliott's urge to challenge the idiom is not confined to his occasionally controversial Mostly Other People Do The Killing. His new recording, Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band, presents three distinctly different bands and musical approaches on this triple-set for Hot Cup. Many of the usual MOPDTK suspects are on hand. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis hasn't ...

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Sirius Juju and Unspeakable Garbage at Jerry's on Front

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing/Sirius Juju/Unspeakable GarbageJerry's on Frontjny: Philadelphia, PAFebruary 16, 2019 Twenty blocks and a world away from the clubs and bars of Philadelphia's city center, the experimental art space of Jerry's on Front is a room one would hardly imagine for music at all. It's a nondescript one-car-garage-sized space squeezed into a row of shuttered storefronts, looking more suitable for a woodworking space or fly-by-night pawn shop. Dimness makes the bare ...

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Moppa Elliott: Still, Up In The Air

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In his usual role as bassist and leader of the jazz group Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Moppa Elliott focuses on composing and bandleading. So his first solo double-bass album represents a real departure. In many ways it resembles band mate Jon Irabagon's recent solo sopranino saxophone album Inaction is an Action: an often abstract exploration of sound using a single instrument. Elliott plays a series of improvisations which were consciously intended to be as nonlinear as possible.

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Moppa Elliott: Still, Up In The Air

Read "Still, Up In The Air" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The founder and bassist of Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Matthew “Moppa" Elliott, has kept his own solos to a minimum on MOPDtK recordings, giving the spotlight over to trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and now pianist Ron Stabinsky. However, his very recent participation as one of the Big Five Chord quintet, on guitarist Jon Lundbom's Make Magic Happen (Hot Cup Records, 2016) featured an eye-opening solo on Ornette Coleman's “Law Years." That performance made for a perfect ...


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