Up Popped the Two Lips

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Up Popped the Two Lips
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Studio album by
Released2001
RecordedApril 28–30, 2001
Genre Jazz
Label Pi Recordings
Producer Henry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill chronology
Everybodys Mouth's a Book
(2001)
Up Popped the Two Lips
(2001)
Pop Start the Tape, Stop
(2005)

Up Popped the Two Lips is an album by Henry Threadgill featuring seven of Threadgill's compositions performed by Threadgill's Zooid. [1] The album was the second album on the Pi Records label and was released simultaneously with Everybodys Mouth's a Book by Threadgill & Make a Move in 2001. [2]

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Reception

Both of Threadgill's initial Pi Recordings releases attracted critical approval. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "This is a fun, deft, and smart record. Threadgill is more on his game as a composer and as a bandleader than at any point in his career." [3] The All About Jazz review by Glenn Astarita stated, "it is a joy to delve into the band's multidirectional evolutionary processes." [4] The Boston Phoenix's Ed Hazell stated, "Threadgill has mixed these elements before, but not all in one working band, and he’s rarely given himself as much solo room in music so heavily composed." [5]

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Track listing

All compositions by Henry Threadgill

  1. "Tickled Pink" - 6:54
  2. "Dark Black" - 5:26
  3. "Look" - 4:54
  4. "Around My Goose" - 8:00
  5. "Calm Down" - 5:35
  6. "Did You See That" - 7:43
  7. "Do the Needful" - 6:53

Recorded at Orange Music Sound Studio, West Orange, NJ, on April 28, 29 & 30, 2001

Personnel

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References

  1. Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 12, 2010
  2. Pi Recordings catalogue accessed February 12, 2010
  3. 1 2 Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed February 12, 2010.
  4. Astarita, G. Up Popped the Two Lips & Everybodys Mouth's a Book Review All About Jazz , May 13, 2002
  5. Hazell, E. Changing Tunes: Two Sides of Henry Threadgill Archived 2010-12-27 at the Wayback Machine The Boston Phoenix, December 13–20, 2001
  6. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1402. ISBN   978-0-141-03401-0.