Mostly Other People Do the Killing; the acclaimed NYC jazz band led by composer/bassist Moppa Elliott and rounded out by trumpeter Peter Evans, alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Ron Stabinsky and drummer Kevin Shea have just dropped arguably their most ambitious effort yet – “Blue“. For their seventh full length studio effort, Moppa & Co. chose to dip deep into the past; recording a note-for-note recreation of Miles Davis classic 1959 LP, “Kind Of Blue” – with remarkable precision.
Click play below to listen to ‘All Blues‘; the fourth track off “Blue“:
The project, which was first conceived by Elliott and Evans when the two attended Oberlin back in 2002, is also packaged with liner notes that explore similar themes by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges. Speaking on the new album and accompanying buzz surrounding it, Moppa recently shared: ‘“Blue” is a recording that poses many more questions than it answers. I’m glad that people have been discussing these questions so adamantly. It speaks to the vibrancy and energy of the jazz community“.
Moppa also spoke to PopMatters on one of the key reasons the band chose to recreate Davis masterpiece, explaining “hopefully, we can dig stuff out of there that still hasn’t been digested. There’s still so much material in that art object; there’s a reason why it’s that awesome, and it’s because of all these little nuances“.
Get your copy of “Blue” here today!
Official “Blue” Tracklist:
1. So What
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Blue In Green
4. All Blues
5. Flamenco Sketches
Click play below to watch our favorite MOPDtK clip, “Yo, Yeo, Yough“: