Moppa Elliott – Acceleration due to Gravity (ENG review)

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Moppa Elliott – Acceleration due to Gravity

Another album by bassist and composer Moppa Elliott is being released today. Acceleration due to Gravity is a collection of compositions that sound a bit like “New Orleans jazz” and features a talented lineup of musicians: Moppa Elliott on bass, Bobby Spellman on trumpet, Dave Taylor on trombone, Matt Nelson on alto saxophone, Stacy Dillard on tenor saxophone, Kyle Saulnier on baritone saxophone, Ava Mendoza on guitar, George Burton on piano, and Mike Pride on drums. With a generous dose of humor, this album will make you smile from the first notes, and once again, it showcases sumptuous arrangements. The humorous and high-quality arrangements make it a perfect fit for airing on Bayou Blue Radio, especially during the joyfully celebrated Mardi Gras period this year by our colleagues at Real Jazz, who have fully validated it in this domain.
What is fascinating about Moppa Elliott is that everything he touches magically transforms according to his will, and honestly, we love that. The brass arrangements are completely wild and exhilarating, and George Burton on piano seems to enjoy it as he skillfully plays the notes to contribute to the festive madness. The feeling of acceleration due to gravity is constant, sometimes punctuated by a sort of Cha-Cha-Cha that would leave the cats puzzled as the frenzy continues in the background. If you have no sense of humor, then this album is not for you. It is to music what Mad is to magazines—a true “coup de cœur” (a heartwarming favorite) capable of lifting an entire room, all for the pleasure of the party accompanied by good music. So consider yourselves warned, and you can listen to this album starting today on Bayou Blue Radio.

Thierry De Clemensat
USA correspondent – Paris-Move and ABS magazine
Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News

PARIS-MOVE, February 18th 2024


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