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Cuadernos de Jazz review by Jesús Gonzalo

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – THE COIMBRA CONCERT (CF 214) ****
Nadie entendía por qué un cuarteto que no incluye piano hubiera elegido para su portada una figura en postura reflexiva frente a él. El título y las fotos individuales en blanco y negro de cada músico, en gesto cómico o exagerado en su recogimiento frente a las teclas, amplían esta apreciación y nos lleva a pensar que estas poses forman parte de una parodia del Köln Concert de Keith Jarrett. Son otros tiempos, vienen a decir, y quizá aquella vanguardia es vista hoy por estos jóvenes como algo impostado. Si comparamos esta imagen desacralizada con el título anterior This is our Moosic entenderemos también lo que les distancia de la erudición clásica de uno y les acerca al free jazz con raíces rurales de Ornette Coleman.

El elemento lúdico, el virtuosismo genialoide y el desprejuicio en la expresión imprimen espontaneidad a una música que se siente como materia viva y gozosa, que aúna el poder deshinibidor del rock y del protojazz juntos y el brillo intelectual que concita primitivismo y modernidad. El impacto que causa su directo, y este disco doble sobre sendos conciertos es buena prueba, reside precisamente en la intensidad contagiosa que se consigue al mezclar los estilos derivados del blues de Nueva Orleáns y la desfiguración narrativa del free gracias a una construcción dinámica en la que la voracidad de motivos (el torrente polifónico de Evans/Irabagon y sus incisivos diálogos), apuntes (citas a temas clásicos de jazz y pop en disco 1) y efectos (los acústicos emulan a los electrónicos) se cruzan sin aliento (confrontando base rítmica y melódica y ejercicio solista) en distintos planos. Soltura, desparpajo e inteligencia son moneda corriente en una formación que, de tanto genio, desprende a veces frialdad.


Luigi Santosuosso´s Best of 2011 List- All About Jazz Italy

3 Cohens – Family (Anzic Records)
AA.VV. – Red Hot & Rio 2 (E1)
Ben Allison – Action Refraction (Palmetto Records)
Jason Adasiewicz – Sun Rooms (Delmark Record)
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra – MTO Plays Sly (Royal Potato Family)
Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra – Hothouse Stomp (Accurate Records) Dave Douglas – The Three Views (Greenleaf Music)
Erik Friedlander – Bonebridge (Skipstone)
Joel Forrester – Phillip Johnston – Live at the Hillside Club (Asynchronous Records)
Holshouser, Bennink & Moore – Live in NYC (Ramboy Recordings)
Honey Ear Trio – Steampunk Serenade (Foxhaven)
The Humans – It’s Nine O’Clock (El Gallo Rojo)
Zoe Keating – Into The Trees (Autoprodotto)
Calvin Keys—Shawn-Neeq (Tompkins Square Records)
Gerald McCauley – Benjamin Bove – Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story (Triads Music)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed)
Sun Ra – The Eternal Myth Revealed – Vol. 1 (Sun Ra Music Archives Productions/Transparency)
Skúli Sverrisson – Sería/Seria II (Autoprodotto)
Bernie Worrell Orchestra – Bernie Worrell: Standards (Autoprodotto)
Youn Sun Nah – Same Girl (ACT Music)

Gigi Sabelli´s Best of 2011 List – All About Jazz

Piero Bittolo Bon Jump the Shark – Ohmlaut (El Gallo Rojo)
Calexico – Selection From Road Atlas 1998-2011 (City Slang)
Vinicio Capossela – Marinai, profeti e balene (La Ciapa/Warner)
Franco D’Andrea – Sorapis (El Gallo Rojo)
Miles Davis – Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series vol. 1 (Sony Legacy)
Erik Friedlander – Bonebridge (Skipstone)
Kip Hanrahan – At Home in Anger (Yellowbird – American Clavé)
Ja Vigiu Plamja – To Infinity and Beyond (El Gallo Rojo)
Nicole Mitchell – Awakening (Delmark)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed)
Gianluca Petrella Tubolibre – Slaves (Spacebone Records) Giancluca Petrella – Paolino Dalla Porta – Fabrizio Sferra – Il bagno turco (Parco della Musica)
São Paulo Underground – Tres Cabeças Loucuras (Cuneiform)
Archie Shepp – For Losers/Kwanza (Impulse!)
Wadada Leo Smith – Heart’s Reflections (Cuneiform)
Starlicker – Double Demon (Delmark)
Tom Waits – Bad as Me (Anti) Jürg Wickihalder – Jump! (Intakt)
John Zorn – At The Gates Of Paradise (Tzadik)
John Zorn – A Dreamer’s Christmas (Tzadik)

Claudio Casanova´s Best of 2011 List – All About Jazz Italy

Agogic – Agogic (Table and Chairs)
Ben Allison – Action Refraction (Palmetto Records)
Tim Berne – Insomnia (Clean Feed)
Piero Bittolo Bon Jump the Shark – Ohmlaut (El Gallo Rojo)
Cline/Berne/Black – The Veil (Cryptogramophone)
Franco D’Andrea – Sorapis (El Gallo Rojo)
Miles Davis – Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series – Vol. 1 (Sony Legacy) Endangered Blood – Endangered Blood (Skirl)
Erik Friedlander – Bonebridge (Skipstone)
Gerry Hemingway Quintet – Riptide (Clean Feed)
Louis Moholo-Moholo – Dudu Pukwana – Johnny Dyani – Frank Wright – Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed)
Ivo Perelman Quartet – The Hour of the Star (Leo Records)
Red Trio + John Butcher – Empire (NoBusiness)
São Paulo Underground – Tres Cabeças Loucuras (Cuneiform)
Wadada Leo Smith’s Mbira – Dark Lady of the Sonnets (TUM)
Wadada Leo Smith – Heart’s Reflections (Cuneiform)
Starlicker – Double Demon – (Delmark)
David Sylvian – Died in the Wool (Samadhisound)
Dino Betti van der Noot – September’s New Moon (SAM Productions)

Enrico Bettinello´s Best of 2011 List – All About Jazz Italy

Tim Berne – Insomnia (Clean Feed)
Crisco 3 – You Can Never Please Anybody (Aut Records)
Franco D’Andrea – Sorapis (El Gallo Rojo)
Gerry Hemingway Quintet – Riptide (Clean Feed)
Julius Hemphill – Peter Kowald – Live at Kassiopeia (NoBusiness Records) Huntsville – For Flowers, Cars and Merry Wars (Hubro)
Bon Iver – Bon Iver (4AD)
Jaruzelski’s Dream – Jazz Gawronski (Clean Feed)
Steve Lacy – School Days (1960/3) (Emanem)
Domenico Lancellotti – Cine Privé (Malintenti)
Rob Mazurek – Calma Gente (Submarine Records)
Louis Moholo-Moholo – Dudu Pukwana – Johnny Dyani – Frank Wright – Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed)
Mr. Rencore + Tim Berne – Intollerant (Auand)
Alfonso Santimone Laser Pigs – Ecce Combo (El Gallo Rojo)
São Paulo Underground – Tres Cabeças Loucuras (Cuneiform)
Starlicker – Double Demon (Delmark)
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2 (Constellation)
Vincenzo Vasi – Braccio Elettrico (Tremoloa Records)
Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Horizontal Structures (Honest Jon’s)

Top ten new releases for 2011 by Tim Niland (Music is More)

10. Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut (Thirsty Ear)
Hard hitting trio for sax, bass and drums. This is tough, gritty and strong music that deserves an audience; it’s potent stuff.
9. Rudresh Mahanthappa – Samdhi (ACT)
Samdhi looks forward to new vistas in Mathanhappa’s all-encompassing musical vision. Combining multi-cultural music and looking at jazz in a fresh direction, he has created a unique synergy of music that is fresh and exciting.
8. Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp – Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity)
This was a masterful performance from the two musicians – one an established master himself, and another on his way to becoming one. Jones and Shipp’s Cosmic Lieder is the aural equivalent to a dark and stormy night. Short, stark ideas collide like in a particle accelerator, and the brief nature of the performances just adds to their pointedness.
7. David S. Ware – Planetary Unknown (AUM Fidelity)
You can chart Ware’s lineage in the depth and strength of the music, from a young devotee of Sonny Rollins and Albert Ayler, to a loft scene veteran developing his own unique sound to an esteemed elder statesman and master improviser and instrumentalist, Davis S. Ware is one of a kind and every note is a treasure.
6. BB & C – The Veil (Cryptogramophone)
BB and C is a cooperative group consisting of alto saxophonist Tim Berne, drummer Jim Black and guitarist Nels Cline. This was a very exciting and continuously engaging album to listen to, moving between avant-garde squalls of noise and abstract passages of sound sculpture.
5. Matt Lavelle – Goodbye New York, Hello World (Musicnow)
This album was very well planned out and executed, with both the duo and full band tracks succeeding well. Fans of progressive jazz are urged to check this out soon.
4. Steve Reid, Kieran Hebden and Mats Gustafsson – Live at the South Bank (Smalltown Superjazz, 2011)
Shifting from dark and brooding textures to exciting, heavy and powerful features, the double album unfolds in a continuous suite waxing and waning like the unstoppable tide. This unique and fascinating performance is highly recommended for progressive jazz and rock fans.
3. Matthew Shipp – Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear)
The power of the piece comes from the juxtaposition of heavy with light, much like the recent work of Ahmad Jamal. This was an excellent set that is highly recommended to anyone looking for the state of the art in jazz piano.
2. World Saxophone Quartet – Yes We Can (Jazzwerkstatt)
The musicians play with great authority throughout this very exciting album, showing that regardless of the passing of time and the changing of lineups, the WSQ remains a powerful force in jazz.
1. Mostly Other People Do the Killing – The Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed)
What makes the band so much fun to follow is the impish delight they take in making music, from the delightful spoof covers to wryly quoting famous jazz songs amidst their original compositions. But make no mistake, their music is taken seriously and played with a very high degree of competence.

Cadence Magazine review by Michael Coyle

This is MOPDTK’s first live album—and it’s a doozy. Two CDs recorded over two days. The recording quality is excellent; were it not for applause at the end of track I wouldn’t know I was hearing a live date. More importantly, the music is vibrant. The music is intense. The music is endlessly inventive and playful—as one might anticipate from the band-written liner notes, reproduced here in full:“Each track listed here is titled after the composition by Moppa with which it opens. Many other songs and musical ele-ments, by Moppa and otherwise, appear and disappear over the course of each performance. In the interest of space and convenience, they are not listed. In fact, every note and sound in this recording is a reference to some other recording or per-formance, real or imaginary.”Listeners who have followed MOPDTK for any part of the past eight years will recognize this parody of Jazz commentary. It’s there too in the cover photo—a send-up of ’s The Köln Concert—the famous black and white photo framed by a white border. There is of course no piano in MOPDTK; neither is there any corollary for Jarrett’s tasteful lyricism or controlled crescendos. It’s a joke—but it’s all in earnest. I’m not clever enough to catch all the allusions mentioned above (except maybe the imaginary ones), but even casual listeners will notice how “A Night in Tunisia” develops within “Blue Ball,” or “Burning Well” contains “Love Is Here To Stay,” or “Night Train” shows up in the course of “Factoryville.” This album is quite simply just great fun. The musicians sound like they’re having as good a time as anyone could possibly have and still con-tinue playing their instruments. All four of them sound at the top of their games. All four of them seem to have the whole history of Jazz at their fingertips, and in the passage of just a couple minutes you might hear swing, bop, something from the shape of Jazz to come—and yet the music always feels organic and never freezes into mere pastiche. These guys can wail without stumbling into sonic assault. It’s gonna be awhile before this killer album leaves my CD player.
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