All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Multiple Reviews

245

Jessica Lurie: Drive & Licorice & Smoke

By

Sign in to view read count








The Tiptons
Drive
Zipa
2005


Jessica Lurie
Licorice & Smoke
Zipa
2006




The Tiptons, that notorious, all-female saxophone quartet from Seattle, have a tremendous amount of fun playing together. Throw on any of the group's albums, released by their former band The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (named for a woman saxophonist/pianist who lived as a man for 50 years), or their new disc Drive and the good times come pouring out of the speakers.

Their brand of bliss is not the fluffy type though. No, it's the kind of joy that burrows through the floorboards, on the coattails of Toni Stone's baritone, Tina Richerson's tenor, Jessica Lurie's tenor and alto and Amy Denio's alto. Denio's firm, sultry vocals touch on a mix of fado ache and Balkan desire on "Zemrude ; and Elizabeth Pupo-Walker's percussion creates an alternate atmosphere on the down-tempo waltz of "Ro and the Latin sway of "Hands Down . The title track is wild yet gentle and "Bye, Hoolie gyrates with a gypsy flair highlighted by the long quivers of Denio's melismatic vocals.

Saxophone solos are saturated with substance, but the starring detail, expertly portrayed on Drive, is The Tipton's ability to compose and bring to fruition, truly original and compelling music with each other.

Another album recently released that lingers among the upper echelon of originality is Jessica Lurie's new solo disc Licorice & Smoke. Despite the charming "Ba-Di-Ya-Da-Di singing that begin "Ha-Ha the first track, the disc starts out sounding merely like a sophisticated folk-rock venture. But before too long, the saxophonist meanders into rather chaotic madness, before plunging into total fearless abandon. Her own sax lines, alternating between languorously soothing and cataclysmic, are aided by the oft wicked electric and lapsteel guitar solos of Nels Cline, reaching a peak during "Strong Coffee .

Dan Cantrell offers puckish European glamour with his accordion, contributing to the exceptionally varied landscape. Witness the dusty twang of "Up From The Bottom Of A Well , the arid psychedelia of "Patzer , and the dirty guitar/saxophone entanglements of "Baby Yaga's Seven League Boots .


Tracks and Personnel

Drive

Tracks: Alma; Zemrude; SnoDog; Ro; Beppo's; Drive; Hands Down; 12 Days; Bye, Hoolie; Gemini Rising.

Personnel: Toni Stone: baritone sax; Tina Richerson: tenor sax; Jessica Lurie: tenor and alto sax; Amy Denio: alto sax.

Licorice & Smoke

Tracks: Ha-Ha; 70% Bittersweet; Up From The Bottom of the Well; The Pace That You Come From; Mexico; Solitaria; Patzer; Strong Coffee; Kroz Prozor; Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby; Southeastern Drive; Baba Yaga's Seven League Boots.

Personnel: Jessica Lurie: tenor and alto sax; Nels Cline: guitar; Dan Cantrell: accordion.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
Read more articles
Long Haul

Long Haul

Chant Records
2017

buy
Megaphone Heart

Megaphone Heart

Self Produced
2012

buy
Shop of Wild Dreams

Shop of Wild Dreams

Self Produced
2009

buy
Laws of Motion

Laws of Motion

Self Produced
2008

buy
That Is What It's Like To Be

That Is What It's...

Self Produced
2006

buy
Licorice & Smoke

Licorice & Smoke

Self Produced
2005

buy

Related Articles

Read Stefon Harris & Joe Locke: Vibes Away! Multiple Reviews
Stefon Harris & Joe Locke: Vibes Away!
by Doug Collette
Published: October 15, 2018
Read Where Fusion and Tradition Meet Multiple Reviews
Where Fusion and Tradition Meet
by Doug Collette
Published: October 5, 2018
Read Kevin Kastning’s Extended Guitars Multiple Reviews
Kevin Kastning’s Extended Guitars
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 28, 2018
Read Piano Trios: 3x3 Multiple Reviews
Piano Trios: 3x3
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers Multiple Reviews
Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 17, 2018
Read Iglooghost Takes Brave Step Forward With Electronic EPs Multiple Reviews
Iglooghost Takes Brave Step Forward With Electronic EPs
by John Bricker
Published: September 17, 2018
Read "Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?" Multiple Reviews Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?
by Chris Mosey
Published: February 2, 2018
Read "Jon Catler: Sacred and Profane" Multiple Reviews Jon Catler: Sacred and Profane
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 3, 2018
Read "Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia" Multiple Reviews Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 23, 2018
Read "Nouveau Fusion: Superette And Visitors" Multiple Reviews Nouveau Fusion: Superette And Visitors
by Doug Collette
Published: September 8, 2018
Read "The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes" Multiple Reviews The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 27, 2018