Most Other People Do The Killing: Mauch Chunk

Fresh from imitating note for note Miles Davis’ classic “Kind of Blue,” MOPDTK comes back a bit stripped down with Jon Irabagon/as, Ron Stabinsky/p, Moppa Elliot/b and Kevin Shea/dr delivering some originals. Jon Irabagon himself definitely keeps himself busy during the day, as this is his third release recently. The team shows off Irabagon’s bright alto on “Mauch Chunk is Jim Thorpe” while a nice Latin groove provided by the rhythm team allows for Irabagon to smooth out a bit. The team shows it’s bop chops on “Herminie” and Stabinsky gets quite fervent on “Obelisk.” Still, there is a lack of cohesion here, with each song trying to sound like someone or something else.

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