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Mostly Other People Do the Killing

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.

Each of the four members of MOPDTK is a product of the institutional Jazz Education system with additional influences immediately recognizable. Peter Evans, who attended the Oberlin Conservatory with bassist, Moppa Elliott, was a Classical trumpet student who has since become a rising star in the improvised music scene. He recently released his second solo CD, Nature/Culture, on Evan Parker's psi Records label and is lauded for his vast arsenal of highly-developed extended techniques

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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

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Loafer's Hollow

Hot Cup Records
2017

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Paint

Hot Cup Records
2017

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Mauch Chunk

Hot Cup Records
2015

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Blue

Hot Cup Records
2014

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Hot Cup Records
2014

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Slippery Rock

Hot Cup Records
2013

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Yellow House

From: Paint
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Hi-Nella

From: Loafer's Hollow
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Mauch Chunk Is Jim Thorpe

From: Mauch Chunk
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Yo, Yeo, Yough

From: Slippery Rock
By Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Forty Fort

From: Forty Fort
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