Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a quartet founded on the idea that not only is jazz still alive and vibrant, but it can and should be fun, engaging and thoroughly contemporary. Under the playful pseudonym, Leonardo Featherweight, Elliott writes, Rather than settling into one style or historical period, MOPDTK fuses the entire spectrum of jazz and the various forms of improvised music it has spawned into a single, seamless melange of Uber-Jass.
Their music is a dense jungle of musical signifiers held together by the adhesive qualities inherent to the Jazz Tradition. Elliott's unique and original method of composition uses instantly recognizable gestures from the American aural lexicon to set up expectations in the ears of the listener. Once established, MOPDTK deviates from these expectations as rapidly as possible, only bring them back in myriad transformations and abstractions. The tunes themselves range from bossas to bugaloos, rock to smooth Jazz, and swing to disco, often within the same composition.
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One of the most infectiously vivacious releases of the year, Shamokin!!! reveals a new wrinkle in the tradition. Historically aware and virtuosic, the wily Mostly Other People Do The Killing is an ensemble to watch. —Troy Collins, All About Jazz
...minds are sure to be blown by the near-masterpiece they’ve come up with here. —Derek Taylor, Bagatellen