New Yorks' Mostly Other People Do the Killing step back in time to the 1930s-40's in modern swing-ear compositions from bassist Moppa Elliott, performed with the amazing septet of Steven Bernstein, Jon Irabagon, Kevin Shea, Ron Stabinksy, David Taylor, and Brandon Seabrook.
Label: Hot Cup
Catalog ID: 161
Squidco Product Code: 23439
Recorded at the Bunker, on March 25th, 2016 by Ryan Streber.
Steven Bernstein-trumpet, slide trumpet
Jon Irabagon-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
David Taylor-bass trombone
Brandon Seabrook-banjo, electronics
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1. Hi-Nella 4:30
2. Honey Hole 3:47
3. Bloomsburg 4:44
4. Kilgore 7:52
5. Mason And Dixon 4:54
6. Meridian 4:14
7. Glen Riddle 4:56
8. Five (Corners, Points, Forks) 5:13
sample the album:
"What is unusual about Loafer's Hollow is that the original Elliott compositions are firmly rooted in the swing era of the 1930s-1940s, a more demarcated parameter than the bop/free improvisation/chamber jazz amalgamations that MOPDtK typically work with. That is not to say that these pieces are in any way staid or formulaic; each retains that undefinable MOPDtK stamp of idiosyncrasy.
"Hi-Nella" would be at home as the soundtrack for a Max Sennett movie despite a late song solo improvisation from Bernstein. "Honey Hole," Mason and Dixon" and "Meridian" show Elliott's remarkable ability to capture the feel of the period while "Glen Riddle" has an infectious big-band swing that culminates in some brief free-form wailing. "Kilgore" and "Five (Corners, Points, Forks)"-while not abandoning the concept-are a bit more free-wheeling in approach. Loafer's Hollow puts a fresh spin on period music, not just by infusing it with free improvisations but by developing distinct characteristics within the piece-to-piece variations. The larger ensemble adds a fullness to the sound and Seabrook's banjo brings an occasional touch of Americana.
The titles are-as per usual-names of Pennsylvania towns and five of the pieces are dedicated to authors Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, James Joyce, Cormac McCarthy and David Foster Wallace. This may be MOPDtK's most accessible album but that shouldn't be a deterrent to those who like this band on the quirkier side. There remains quirkiness to spare."-Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
"The recording draws upon the literary and the musical, containing eight new compositions that explore pre-bebop era jazz from the first half of the 20th century, five of them dedicated to influential authors. Each of the compositions is named after the seemingly inexhaustible supply of oddly-christened towns in Elliott's native Pennsylvania, as has been the case since the band's earliest recordings.
"It's not that the players aim for authentically archaic solo styles, or even caricatures of same (not often, anyway), or for Dixieland's stylized way of interweaving three horns. It's more about stomping two-beat attitude, vocalized brass muting, easy-scale melodies, and frequent interludes and instrumental breaks-as if Jelly Roll really were giving them tips." - Kevin Whitehead, TONEaudio
Four stars: "Loafer's Hollow puts a fresh spin on period music, not just by infusing it with free improvisations but by developing distinct characteristics within the piece-to-piece variations. This may be MOPDtK's most accessible album but that shouldn't be a deterrent to those who like this band on the quirkier side. There remains quirkiness to spare." - Karl Ackerman, All About Jazz"