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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Swing the Funny

Natural Born Killers: (L-R) Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Jon Iragagon and Moppa Elliott

We get the irreverent label thrown at us a lot,” says bassist Moppa Elliott. “It’s not so much irreverence as anti-hero-worship. There’s this real hero-worship problem in jazz.”

Elliott, 29, is the leader of Mostly Other People Do the Killing (MOPDTK), a quartet with trumpeter Peter Evans, alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon and drummer Kevin Shea that takes its name from a Leon Theremin quote about why Stalin wasn’t really such a bad guy.

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