Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Drainlick
Mostly Other People Do The Killing
This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup 082)
Jon Irabagon (alto sax),
Peter Evans (trumpet), Moppa Elliott (bass), Kevin Shea (drums).
Composed by Moppa Elliott.
Recorded: February 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Fans of Ornette will immediately recognize this record's cover shot as being a clever tribute to the classic Coleman album. You might think (if you're one of those uptight jazz people) that it takes a lot of balls (Wait … would an uptight jazz person use the word "balls"?) to release a record that fails to take Ornette seriously. Well, that would be missing the point. While there are certain parallels to Coleman's quartet sound (including Moppa Elliott's nonstandard use of the double bass), this band is in full-on Ornette praise mode. "Drainlick" is a great big lopsided blues that gets taken apart, dropped on the floor, and then expertly reconstructed. So what if there's this one part that nobody can figure out where to put back? If none of this makes any sense to you, then you've never listened to Ornette.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski