Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Celebrating the release of their fourth album, Forty Fort, Mostly Other People Do the Killing carry the torch of a particular tradition in New York jazz: Killer players with a sense of humor. Maybe best associated with the kitsch-happy Knitting Factory '80s scene, the quartet blow towards the future with a distinct grasp of the past and the unity of a collective sensibility. Unafraid to split their time between genuinely hard bop pockets, legitimately out jams, and the dreaminess that lies halfway, Mostly Other People come off like a superb actor, capable of understated drama, delighted slapstick, and both at once.
Fri., Jan. 8, 9 p.m., 2010

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