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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
Week Ending:Mar 15Mar 8Mar 1Feb 15Feb 8Feb 1Jan 25Jan 18

 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