Mostly Other People Do The Killing / This Is Our Moosic
Album: This Is Our Moosic   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mostly Other People Do The Killing   Added:Nov 2008
Label:Hot Cup  

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Add Date: 2009-01-11 Pull Date: 2009-03-15 Charts: Jazz
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Recent Airplay
1. Mar 24, 2022: Rebop (rebroadcast from Aug 7, 2015)
East Orwell
4. Aug 07, 2015: Rebop
East Orwell
2. Feb 12, 2016: Rebop
5. Mar 16, 2013: Music Casserole
Effort, Patience, Diligence
3. Jan 29, 2016: Rebop
6. Jul 11, 2009: Music Casserole
East Orwell

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-12-28
Free jazz... well, like Sinatra-era jazz (or old-timey stuff, on a couple of tracks) played by guys who grew up with punk rock in the water. Fast, dense, caffeinated. Peter Evans steals the show with his machine-gun trumpeting, but the other three players do a great job keeping the energy level redlined, even on the "slow" tracks. Plenty accessible and with plenty of humor; most tracks start from a nicely composed base and then fall apart rapidly. I've circled a few tracks, but you can't go wrong: Play them all.

The album cover, btw, is a copy of Ornette Coleman's "This Is Our Music," down to the bassist (Moppa Elliott -- or Charlie Haden, in Coleman's case) giving a sarcastic look that says he's about to kick someone's ass. Could be the photographer, could be YOU. It's a hilarious cover, and an inside photo on this CD has Elliott giving that look again, but with a baseball bat in hand. Very funny stuff; the pics alone let you know where this band is coming from.

Peter Evans (trumpet)
Kevin Shea (drums)
Jon Irabagon (sax)
Moppa Elliott (bass)

1- Swingy, catchy. Opens w/cool riff and heart-attack drums.
2- Old-timey swing. Brisk, upbeat, gets freer later.
3- Fast and slick, swingy. False start!
4- Slow (midtempo) waltz w/Spanish flare. Fast crazy solos, of course.
5- Kicks into fast soloing after a relatively laid-back start. Kind of mellow in the middle, too, before it ambushes you at the end.
6- Madcap, a touch of Spike Jones. After a totally free sax solo, lapses back into tuneful jazz.
7- Your parents' '50s swing, dissolving into fast chaos
8- Brash, brassy blues. A bit slower
9- OMG, it's Billy Joel's "Allentown," played straight up, complete with the "SHH! OOH! AAH!" effects. Ends with some goofy tweeting. Gloriously cheesy.

About that last track... the liner notes read: "Jon *loves* Billy Joel. That makes the rest of us a little bit uncomfortable..."

Track Listing
1. Drainlick   5. East Orwell
2. Two Boot Jacks   6. My Delightful Muse
3. Fagundus   7. Biggertown
4. The Bats In Belfry   8. Effort, Patience, Diligence
  9. Allentown