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Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

Read "Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

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 ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Harder On The Outside

Read "Harder On The Outside" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A complex web of sampling, beat construction and live improvisation all led to this disc by guitarist Jon Lundbom and his group, Big Five Chord, a CD that is a heady stew of hard-edged funk grooves, squalling saxophones and gleeful guitar freakouts. This project started with saxophonist Bryan Murray sampling old Big Five Chord ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Harder On The Outside

Read "Harder On The Outside" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes a single track can satisfy an album's worth of listening. You get that feeling with “People be Talking," the first song on Jon Lundbom's ninth release with his band Big Five Chord. His quintet packs everything into this kitchen sink composition. The piece is jazz-and-not-jazz, like Miles Davis affected in his transitional years between his ...

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Danny Fox Trio: The Great Nostalgist

Read "The Great Nostalgist" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

It's no surprise that The Great Nostalgistby pianist Danny Fox and his trio has been released on Hot Cup, the label run by Mostly Other People Do The Killing's Moppa Elliott. It has the same quirky, off the beaten track quality as MOPDTK's recent piano trio CD, Paint, but in a drier, less madcap vein with ...

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Winter 2018

Read "Winter 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Mark Wade Trio Moving Day Self-Produced 2018 Often ghostly in its ambiance, the ...

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Danny Fox Trio: The Great Nostalgist

Read "The Great Nostalgist" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A group like the Danny Fox Trio and an album like The Great Nostalgist both serve as strong reminders that there's no shortcut for building empathy and there's no technological advancement in the world that can substitute for big ears, strong reflexes, and their attendant responses. Togetherness is truly a time-honed ideal, and music benefits not ...

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Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Paint

Read "Paint" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Un po' come succede alle stelle quando “esauriscono il combustibile," quando si espandono e poi si contraggono diventando una caldissima “nana bianca," nel corso dell'ultimo anno i Mostly Other People Do The Killing si sono espansi fino a settetto per poi restringersi all'archetipica forma jazz del trio con pianoforte. Ma sarà davvero anche qui ...

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Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Paint

Read "Paint" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Mostly Other People Do The Killing have released their second CD of 2017 and, in keeping with the group's unpredictability, it's a bit of a curve ball. Whereas on previous releases they've ranged in size from a quartet to a septet, this time they've cut themselves down to a simple piano trio. Other than that, it's ...

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Paint

Read "Paint" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

No sooner had Mostly Other People Do the Killing expanded to a septet with Loafer's Hollow (Hot Cup Records, 2017) than they shrink to their smallest formation to date with the trio release Paint. Founding member, bassist, and composer Moppa Elliott is joined by pianist Ron Stabinsky and drummer Kevin Shea. Trumpeter Peter Evans had departed ...

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer's Hollow

Read "Loafer's Hollow" reviewed by Luca Canini

Se pensavate che dopo dodici anni e undici dischi nel barile non fosse rimasto più niente da raschiare, se li avevate un po' trascurati di recente perché il gioco è bello fin che dura poco, se vi eravate fatti l'idea che una volta risuonato Kind of Blue nota per nota, in una delle operazioni più assurdamente ...


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