The star of the date is horn player Peter Evans, whose trumpets are continually interesting. Drummer Kevin Shea plays well, though the tempo gets a bit too frenetic at times as on "Jollytown" and "Good Intent." Saxophonist Jon Irabagon plays creatively, with a bit of an over-reliance on off-register sounds. Moppa Elliott sounds best plucking the noir-ish riffs of "Elliott Mills" and "Between Desire and Panic," and does some admirable bowing on "Good Intent."
Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a rewarding listen, if a bit too strident in word and deed. Moppa Elliot & Co. use clever arrangements and quotes, and their are some pretty brilliant passages here. The confection is tasty, but probably too rich for everyday consumption.