Mostly Other People Do the Killing loves Pennsylvania, loves Ornette Coleman and loves poking fun at itself and the entirety of jazz. Maybe not necessarily in that order, but you get the drift quickly. Billing itself as a “bebop terrorist band,” the quartet’s appropriation of Coleman’s legendary cover art-MOPDTK’s new album’s suit-and-tie take on 1960’s This is Our Music, its previous CD’s aping of Coleman’s Something Else! of 1958-is the initial signal of the foursome’s adoration of the composer/avant-sax colossus. But on a purely visceral level, it is the muscular quirk of bandleader/bassist Moppa Elliot, trumpeter/Lester Bowie acolyte Peter Evans, drummer Kevin Shea and surly saxophonist Jon Irabagon that makes you crave the Killing. Beyond bop and Ornette’s flinty free-form mood swings and chordal improvisations, MOPDTK swing, saunter and barrel through Elliot’s compositions like garrulous clown punks attempting and achieving the goodly art of graceful dancing.
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