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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

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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.


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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