Monday, October 6, 2014

Mostly Other People Do The Killing HotCup 2014

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To take on a note for note remake of Kind of Blue indicates you have supreme confident in your talent...or you are insane. Sometimes crazy is good.

Brent Black /

There are some releases you simply don't go near as the comparisons made can and in some cases have ended promising careers and Mostly Other People Do The Killing have won DownBeat Critics's Poll: Rising Star Ensemble...

So...stroke of genius or train wreck?. I'll go with genius. Meters are tweaked but never mangled while tone is pushed in a way that allows this forty four year old recording to attack on both the cerebral and visceral fronts. The harmonic aesthetic here celebrates the joy of the creative process without trying to reinvent the wheel as there is really no need. Jazz is often referred to as America's classical music when the reality is that both are uniquely separate yet there are ties that bind which of course allowed chamber jazz to begin to establish a strong foothold in improvisational culture.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing rolled the dice on this most ambitious project which was roughly a decade in the making, it will make you think and that is what great music is all about.

Tracks: So What; Freddie Freeloader; Blue In Green; All Blues; Flamenco Sketches
Personnel: Peter Evans:Trumpet; Jon Irabagon: Alto and Tenor Saxophones; Rob Stabinsky: Piano; Moppa Elliott: Bass; Kevin Shea: Drums