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Mostly Other People Do the Killing

As the late, great trumpeter Don Cherry once quipped, “When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them.” Cherry—ever an explorer and experimenter—experienced first hand that in the jazz world, there can be a lot of boundaries. There are the purists, the traditionalists, the scholars, the players who think there’s only way that things should be done, and on and on. Luckily—several generations after him—it appears that the NYC-based quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing have taken Cherry’s words to heart and put them into practice. The acclaimed and award-winning ensemble led by bassist Moppa Elliot and featuring trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, and drummer Kevin Shea are delivering what many of fans of the rich, kaleidoscopic spectrum of jazz and improvised music have wanted for too long: they are embracing all eras and many styles and disciplines and spinning it into their own unique and invigorating sound. As Troy Collins said of MOPDtK in a recent All About Jazz review, they are ”historically aware and virtuosic.” Their just released album Forty Fort (Hot Cup) is a potent document of that pushing of all the aforementioned boundaries for a mélange that proves a classically modern jazz masterstroke. The quartet’s live appearance this Sunday (Jan. 31) is another high water mark of the Hunt Real Estate and David Kennedy Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox

—donny kutzbach

3pm. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. (882-8700/albrightknox.org). $30