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With a cover borrowing heavily from the Impulse label, this incredible NYC band's 4th release blends 60s jazz with modern improv in creative and edge-of-your seat energetic music.
 

Mostly Other People Do The Killing
Forty Fort

Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Forty Fort (Hot Cup Records)
Label: Hot Cup Records    
Released in: USA    


With a cover borrowing heavily from the Impulse label, this incredible NYC band's 4th release blends 60s jazz with modern improv in creative and edge-of-your seat energetic music. These players know their history, but also use modern techniques in unusual ways, making for complex lines that resolve into bizarre breaks using their instruments in unlikely ways. A band to check out, as they take us backward and forward in jazz history without forgetting to swing with some absolutely entertaining music.

From the liner notes: "When studying the work of the masters, one must try to re-create the conditions that were present during the original sessions. What was going through the minds of the men involved? What factors influenced their decisions? The weather? Travel to and from the various locations? Their health? When Roland Kirk, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Haynes, and Henry Grimes formed a quartet, their personal histories and current tastes combined to create an artistic work of profound significance and historical importance: "Out of the Afternoon."

The world has witnessed countless changes over the course of the 47 years between "Out of the Afternoon" and today. Some of the ideas that were both appropriate and stylish in the 1960's have changed, and certain elements contained here were never "in style" During the intervening decades, many other important musicians added new branches to the jazz tree, some bearing greater and greater weight as their importance waxed while that of others waned.

Haynes and Grimes had been batterie partners with Sonny Rollins, but this was a first meeting between Grimes and Flanagan, a fact made all the more noteworthy by their obvious affinity for verticality and warmth. Kirk had recorded his album "Domino" with Haynes in April 1962, after having worked opposite Haynes' trio at The 5 Spot. Kirk commented on Haynes' punctuality and dapper dress, and was perhaps influenced by the and demeanor of his bandleader. Both lean toward formality and ornamentation.

Consider the follwing: Roland Kirk in this formal quartet setting, despite his unorthodox inclusion of multiple horns; Tommy Flanagan akwardly stiff and out of place; Roy Haynes, bandleader, strangely unperceptive and unprepared; and a suprisingly jocular Henry Grimes. Is the quartet prepared to perform "Out of the Afternoon" amongst the foliage? Hardly. Despite the preparedness of Kirk and Grimes, there is nary a piano in sight, and Mr. Haynes will no doubt grow weary of supporting his cymbal in due time."-Hot Cup Records



"Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Quintet and the Zebulon trio. In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade. He is a member of the cooperative groups Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl) and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Sam Pluta) and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations with like minded players. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival. Evans has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide and tours his own groups extensively. He has worked with some of the leading figures in new music: John Zorn, Kassa Overall, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Levy Lorenzo, Nate Wooley, Steve Schick, Mary Halvorson, Joe McPhee, George Lewis, and performs with both ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. He has been releasing recordings on his own label, More is More, since 2011."

-Peter Evans Website (http://pevans.squarespace.com/about/)
2/22/2017

"Kevin Shea is valued as being a vital and original artist in the contemporary music scene. Shea's originality is manifested not only by his personal approach to his instrument, but also throughout his constant search for new musical horizons unifying all the bands he has been involved in despite the parameters set for musicians by genre definition, or by historical icons.

The plurality of rigorous artistic aspirations and creative engagement that distinguish the discography of Kevin Shea are not the product of chance or merely taking advantage of opportunities -- but the result of labor, strong convictions, and a strong conceptual support -- a deliberate search for transitional territories away from the dogmas of boring and unnecessary conventions.

Shea's artistic interests are rooted in reevaluating what a band/music, musician/performer, artist and audience can and should be. Splitting the difference between passion and song, Shea plays multi-dimensional utopian sound in which opposing musical forces integrate to form a new sustainable recipe for sound and social implication. Remaining devoted to his belief that the application of sonic diversity is paramount to the appreciation of human diversity, Shea's ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and compassion -- an approach perpetuating audiences, listeners, and sometimes fellow band members, to face, question, define, and attempt to defend their own level of tolerance and compassion head-on, no-holds-barred.

Through this carefully planned direct method in the round, Shea's sonic investigations emphatically traverse the mobius strip highway of refurbished canticles, perpetually climaxing between Sadean semelparity and Platonic resurrection. At the heart of Shea's dialectical core, unabashed artifacts of rhythmic iconoclasm conjoin with anthemic melody gestures and modern memory loss to create a vital force that gives us bittersweet contemplation and empathy.

As a youth, Shea moved throughout the States many times, transforming any of his formal expectations into a joyous foundation of constant flux. He learned that intuition and customs had to be constantly re-evaluated and negotiated rather than held as sacred. This process of questioning is central to Shea's music. To him, sound is a result of a broader process rather than formulas tied to notions of predictable emotional response. Shea sees sound and music, not as a prize, but a simple aspect of banal daily life.

Kevin Shea has over 25 years of experience as a professional drummer, composer and performer. He has recorded on over 120 albums in a mish-mash of contexts and has performed in over 40 countries. His training started in public elementary school and continued steadily through his college years at Berklee College of Music."

-Kevin Shea website (http://www.kevinshea.info/)
2/22/2017

"The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Irabagon has since topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics' Poll and been named one of Time Out New York's 25 New York City Jazz Icons. Jon was also named 2012 Musician of the Year in The New York City Jazz Record and is an integral member of such high-profile ensembles as the Mary Halvorson Quintet, the Dave Douglas Quintet and Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, as well as an established bandleader in his own right.

For Perpetual Motion, a project of Moondog arrangements, Jon (along with French saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Sylvain Rifflet) has been awarded a French-American Cultural Exchange grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique ("SACEM"). In addition, Jon has received a 2012 Mabuhay Award by the National Association of Filipino-Americans and a 2014 Philippine Presidential Award.

Jon's own record label, Irabbagast Records, has currently released five of his efforts, including I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze (with Mike Pride and Mick Barr), Outright! Unhinged (with Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks, John Hebert and Tom Rainey) and It Takes All Kinds (featuring Mark Helias and Barry Altschul), and most recently, the dual release of Behind the Sky (featuring Tom Harrell, Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston) as well as Jon's first solo saxophone recording, Inaction is an Action."

-Jon Irabagon Website (http://www.jonirabagon.com/bio/)
2/22/2017

"A short biography from the artist:

I was born on September 13, 1978, the first son of David and Carolyn Elliott in Scranton, Pa. Incidentally, they named me Matthew Thomas Elliott, not Moppa. My parents are both college instructors and intense music lovers, so I was able to hear a lot of music growing up. After a brief introduction to the piano, I started to play the trombone in the sixth grade, and after deciding a few years later that I wanted to also play an instrument with strings, I was given an electric bass. When I was about 17, I fixed up my father's old acoustic bass in order to audition for a summer program. I then began to study the bass seriously with Pocono resident Tony Marino. In the fall of 1997, I enrolled in both Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music majoring in biology and Jazz bass performance in Oberlin's double-degree program. While there I was able to record my first CD, Pinpoint and to gain some experience playing in Cleveland OH for about 3 years. I was also fortunate enough to teach at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts for four summers. I finished school in the winter of 2001, and moved to New York City the following summer. Here in New York, I have been able to play and record with some great musicians and to continue teaching at St. Mary's High School."

-Moppa Elliott Website (http://www.moppaelliott.com/who.html)
2/22/2017





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Product Information:

UPC: 884501257015

Label: Hot Cup Records
Catalog ID: Hot Cup 091
Squidco Product Code: 12597

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Midtown Sound 2008-2009 by John White and Danny Alvaro.

Personnel:

Peter Evans-trumpet

Kevin Shea-drums, electronics

Jon Irabagon-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Moppa Elliot-double bass



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Track Listing:

1. Pen Argyl 7:35

2. Rough and Ready 6:59

3. Blue Ball 9:22

4. Nanticoke Coke 5:06

5. Little Hope 6:37

6. Forty Fort 8:31

7. Round Bottom, Square Top 6:37

8. St. Mary's Proctor 6:02

9. Cute 3:41