MOPDTK is one of my favorite groups, they are filled with enthusiasm for the music of the past and the future, as can be seen by the good natured re-staging of the album photograph for the classic Roy Haynes LP Out of the Afternoon. The band consists of Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone, Peter Evans on trumpet, Moppa Elliot on bass and Kevin Shea on drums. "Pen Argyl" opens the album with strong thick bass and wild drums. Raucous horns join in the fun before making way for a quieter bass and trumpet section with light percussion. The two horns come together for a lightly overblown coda. "Rough and Ready" has a fast melody with strong improvised saxophone over madly pounding drums. After a fast bass and drums section, sax and trumpet spar with great agility. Fast and nervous trumpet and saxophone interplay is also the hallmark of "Blue Ball," giving way to an unaccompanied free jazz saxophone solo. "Nanticoke Coke" has a fast full band improvisation, fun and exciting. Saxophone and trumpet swirl like a helix over rock solid bass and drums. An awesome bass and drum groove (that practically grabs you by the throat and demands that you dance) anchors "Little Hope" with strong bluesy saxophone getting wild and woolly. "Forty Fort" has a swinging hard bop feel. Building from a slower, spacier section to wild swinging improvisation. It is such an emotional and visceral thrill to listen to the music that this group makes, the music is infectious and never fails to make me smile.
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