|“From the first seconds of the Ornette-meets-Lacy opening salvo ”Elliott Mills”, Elliott
and his quartet shoot sparks. Shea’s drums bustle, Elliott pulses mightily, and Irabagon’s
soprano twists like a snake fighting its charmer...”
“Referencing a sense of humor that reminds, at times, of the madcap quirkiness of the Dutch, this is an exciting debut that announces a foursome worth watching,”
-- One Final Note, May 2005
|Who Is Moppa?|
|Hot Cup Records|
|…Thoroughly entertaining and in-your-face, the band merges a history of jazz into a modernized contempo format that comes right at you like a bullet train. They shift the pulse and overall scope either on a nanoseconds notice or seamlessly bridge the gap between trad jazz with cartoon-ish like candor. Top-notch soloing abounds throughout, and for the most part, the band doesn’t come up for air. At times, brash, loud and irrefutably witty, the musicians forge a bond within the jazz mainstream while expounding upon familiar terrain by morphing the old with the new. But don’t expect to hear anything that hints at easy listening. These folks go for the proverbial jugular. And it’s a curiously interesting affair that stands out like a wayward child among the more conventional USA-based jazz product…
- Glen Astarita, ejazznews.com.
Embracing post-modernism's all-inclusive, hyper-speed aesthetic, Elliott and company use their encyclopedic knowledge of genres and styles to enrich their statements in intersecting layers, avoiding the rote jump cut clichés of their fore bearers.
…MOPDtK accompany their name with a logo depicting a catastrophic gunshot wound to the head. The music is a keen analogue as minds are sure to be blown by the near-masterpiece they’ve come up with here.
…Musicians now are generally known for doing their own thing, but bassist Moppa Elliott’s tight quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing shows that expectations are made to be defied. The band members’ pedigree includes avant-rock and European-style free improv, but they play yesterday’s postbopa form that predates their birthslike there’s no tomorrow….Daresay, this band swings.
…Mostly Other People do the Killing is a relentless and compulsive quest to reach new horizons while reverence for the past and tradition. However, without shackles and freedom.