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Time Out Lisboa review by Jose Carlos Fernandes

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – The Coimbra Concert (CF 214)
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Queiram reparar na capa reproduzida em anexo. Familiar? Exacto, faz lembrar um dos mais famosos e mais vendidos discos de jazz de sempre: The Köln Concert de Keith Jarrett. Mas as semelhanças com The Köln Concert esgotam-se na embalagem. Para começar nem sequer há piano, antes trompete (Peter Evans), sax (John Irabagon), contrabaixo (Moppa Elliott) e bateria (Kevin Shea). Também não se espere daqui o sopro lírico e inebriante de Jarrett – em vez disso, sente-se o sopro escaldante do napalm. Sim, isto é território em guerra e, até onde a vista alcança, o solo está juncado de destroços fumegantes do hard bop dos anos 50 e 60. Uns são facilmente reconhecíveis, como um “Night In Tunisia” em chamas (adequado aos tempos de agitação que se vivem hoje naquelas paragens) que surge no final de “Blue Ball”. Outros estão tão calcinados e deformados que nem o próprio progenitor os reconheceria.

Pode haver arte e método no massacre? Sem dúvida: os MOPDtK retalham o jazz clássico com uma precisão e rapidez dignos de um cirurgião-chefe endemoninhado e o desfile aparentemente caótico e histérico de estilhaços musicais é orquestrado com rigor. O quarteto reúne alguns dos mais virtuosos músicos de jazz do momento e os solos de Evans (por exemplo em “Round Bottom, Square Top”) e Irabagon (completamente possesso no sax sopranino em “Blue Ball”) estão para lá do que parece humanamente possível.

Quem não tenha tido o privilégio de estar no Salão Brazil a 28 e 29 de Maio de 2010, pode consolar-se com este duplo CD. A Clean Feed lá conseguiu domesticar a acústica ingrata da sala (apenas a bateria soa algo “plastificada”) e a tagarelice do público. O mais certo é este ter ficado em estupor perante este vendaval de fúria, humor negro e insanidade.

Free Jazz review by Stef Gissels

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – The Coimbra Concert (CF 214)
In my latest review of “Mostly Other People Do The Killing”, I wrote “And when you hear some of their soloing in the wildest parts of their performance, you think : “why do these guys put themselves in this self-constructed cage?”, you think “what if they let things loose?”, you think “what if they just played what they truly felt instead of just performing an act to amuse the audience?”, you think “they could be the Chicago Bulls, but they act like the Harlem Globetrotters”, you think “it is show rather than art, but then performed by artists rather than showmen”.

Now, when hearing their new double live album, I have the same sentiment. The playing is even more superb, jaw-dropping and spectacular and fun, with changes of style, tempo, rhythm, arrangements, with tunes flawlessly merging into one another, with a band of equals that is fully at the same high level, throughout the album, diving and reworking jazz history, swing, blues, full of fun and drive and enthusiasm and raw and rebellious wildness of modern music, fully enjoying themselves in the process … with little jokes and quotes and throwing balls around for the other player to catch and pass on flawlessly at breakneck speed to the amusement of the audience.

The band is Peter Evans on trumpet, Jon Irabagon on sax, Moppa Elliott on bass and Kevin Shea on drums.

The downside of all the fun is the same as with all humor, it creates an emotional distance that needs to be bridged in true artistry. It is somehow non-committal, not the expression of real feelings of anger or madness or sorrow … but that is clearly not the intention either.
Great stuff, great fun.

(and did you expect a comment on the Keith Jarrett Köln Concert art work ressemblance?)
http://freejazz-stef.blogspot.com/

Ruta 66 review by Pachi Tapiz

Mostly Other People Do the Killing – The Coimbra Concert (CF 214)
Los Mostly Other People es de lo más divertido que le ha pasado al jazz en bastante tiempo. Lo de estos cuatro músicos tiene mucho mérito ante la ola de conservadurismo que invade a parte de la crítica, público y también a parte de los músicos. Pensar en su música me lleva a pensar en comida: para alimentarse hay muchas opciones. Se puede ir a una franquicia (sean tapas, pizzas, hamburguesas o comida típica), a un restaurante de diseño, a una tasca de las de siempre… o a casa de alguna de alguna amable tía-abuela de esas que casi todos tenemos. A esa comida es a lo que me sabe su música: a cosas tomadas de aquí y allá (free, cool jazz o hard-bop), bien sazonadas con mucho swing por unos instrumentisas sobresalientes, melodías muy logradas y libertad a espuertas.

En su directo de Coimbra, su quinto disco, se muestran en su salsa. Los temas tienen el título del que sirve para iniciar su descarga de creatividad, aunque allí hay citas de otros temas, melodías improvisadas y solos soberbios. Sin la limitación del estudio, se expanden como sólo ellos lo saben hacer. Creando jazz de primera, ni más ni menos.

JazzMag review by François-René Simon

The New York City Jazz Record’s review by Clifford Allen

Mostly Other People Do the Killing – The Coimbra Concert (CF 214)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing (MOPDtK) is a quartet that’s endemic of the delicate balance between technique, experience and knowledge that is continually at play in this music. Fed by the unwavering pulse of chief composer Moppa Elliott’s usually pizzicato bass and the crisp, roiling flash of Kevin Shea’s drums (not as much random caterwaul as one might assume), the frontline is split between saxist Jon Irabagon and trumpeter Peter Evans, two players who push the limits of traditional tonality in their instruments but who nevertheless maintain a steely reserve throughout. The real irony beyond their choice of artwork/image, punning titles (on four albums prior to The Coimbra Concert) and so forth is that behind all that MOPDtK are a focused and often coolly adept quartet powering through traditional reference and contemporary, immediate exploration at an often breakneck pace. Evans works in areas that pit fat, golden swagger, harrier flurries and muscular jounce against an equally intense, micro-sonic conception and in some ways could be seen as the quartet’s Lester Bowie figure considering how his runs trigger evocations from early small-group swing to stratospheric freedom. Irabagon’s tenor playing is measured, tensile post-Sam Rivers work while his sopranino on “Blue Ball”/“A Night in Tunisia” is a tour de force of circular breathing. MOPDtK are somewhat reminiscent of the Clusone Trio without being as historically strict; suite-like improvisations encapsulate action/motion and reference, albeit with a surgically exacting sensibility.

Blow Up (Italy) review by Enrico Betinello

Tomajazz review by Pachi Tapiz

Mostly Other People Do the Killing – The Coimbra Concert (CF 214)
Enero de 2011. Cambio de década y cambio de discográfica para los Most Other People Do the Killing: de Hot Cup, el sello de Moppa Elliott (contrabajista y líder del grupo), pasan a Clean Feed. También cambia el método de grabación: The Coimbra Concert es un doble CD grabado en directo a lo largo de dos conciertos el 28 y 29 de mayo de 2010 en la ciudad portuguesa.
El repertorio está formado mayoritariamente por temas de sus cuatro grabaciones anteriores: uno de cada uno de los dos primeros discos del grupo (Mostly Other People Do the Killing y This Is Our Moosic), dos de Shamokin!!!, cuatro de su última grabación en estudio (Forty Fort), más un tema inédito. El grupo explota su enorme potencial en directo, lo que logra que el disco sea algo más que un recopilatorio en directo al uso.
Peter Evans y Jon Irabagon están especialmente brillantes, aunque todo el cuarteto se muestra sumamente creativo en directo. Los temas, que en algún caso supera los treinta minutos, se sabe cómo comienzan (toman el título de la composición que sirve para iniciar la descarga creativa), pero por fortuna no cómo acaban: en ellos aparecen otros temas compuestos por Moppa Elliott, citas de clásicos, nuevas melodías y composiciones instantáneas.
En esta ocasión el disco clásico homenajeado en la portada y las fotos interiores es el Koln Concert de Keith Jarrett. La lástima es que don Leonardo Featherweight no nos obsequie con una de sus habituales liner notes. Por fortuna, y a pesar de esto último, el resultado es la obra más redonda hasta la fecha de los MOPDtK.
http://bun.tomajazz.com/2011/03/mostly-other-people-do-killing-coimbra.html