Album Review

Tiptons, the – “Tsunami ” – [Self Released]

Max Level   1/8/2006   CD, Jazz

Nutty, jazz-flavored stuff from this Seattle-based quintet, formerly known as the Billy Tipton Memorial Orchestra. The lineup features co-leaders Jessica Lurie (alto/tenor sax) and Amy Denio (alto sax), along with two other saxophonists and a percussionist. Everyone in this all-female group plays beautifully, pitching in with tight ensemble playing and cutting loose in their solo spots. In this group, the horns are the thing, of course, but I also like what the percussionist adds to the music, from conga beats to old-timey jazz drumming with little splash cymbals. Most of the material was written and/or arranged by the group, and they include a couple of great Raymond Scott tunes. Solid, swingin’, and fun from start to finish.

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