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Tropic Appetites

Julie Tippetts, Carla BleyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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listen  1. What Will Be Left Between Us And The Moon Tonight?11:06Album Only
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listen  4. Caucasian Bird Riffles 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Indonesian Dock Sucking Supreme 8:56Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000024BC3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This 1974 song cycle is a tightly compressed sequel to Carla Bley's previous collaboration with Paul Haines, the exhaustive Escalator over the Hill. Combining a series of poems Haines wrote during extended stays in India and Southeast Asia with Bley's taut compositions, Appetites is a journey into sounds and imagery that are often both grim and whimsical. The band is an octet, but Bley's writing and some judicious overdubbing create thick, dark textures with strings and Howard Johnson's low brass and reed doubling. Julie Tippetts's voice lends cutting-edge intensity to the lyrics, while the lighthearted "Funnybird Song," with vocals by Johnson and a very young Karen Mantler, is an effective change of mood. The level of musicianship is stellar, but even here some stand out, most notably Dave Holland on cello and electric and acoustic basses and Gato Barbieri, whose tenor playing could be at once corrosive and incandescent in this context. Haines's idiosyncratic syntax may make his work particularly adaptable to jazz phrasing, and Bley has a singular gift for turning those poems into modern-day art song. --Stuart Broomer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carla NOT Julie December 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Not really sure why there is a reference to Julie Tippetts in Amazon's listing for this title. This is ALL Carla Bley. The musicians are playing what is written and doing so with great inspiration. This is a must for fans of Ms Bley and for jazz fans who don't think Kenny G is jazz. It isn't really a sequel to Escalator Over the Hill. Nothing is like that piece. This is, however, with lyrics by Paul Haines. This is for people who understand Miles, Trane, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Gato, Steve Swallow, Mike Mantler, early Chick Corea and, maybe some of the more adventurous Zappa (like Grand Wazoo or Imaginary Diseases).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just like this album May 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have lived with this album for many years and I still enjoy listening to it. It may be out of focus, it may not be linearly unfolding an underlying idea, it might be quite whimsical, the singing may be childish - or not, but I like the mood of it - the cool distance to reality - the open lyrics - the interesting instrumentation - and one of the most beautiful melodies to be put on a CD - Caucasian Bird Riffles. This is purly subjective - but it still moves my emotions. If you listen to it - maybe it does the same for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Smells Like Jazz. August 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mood swings from mad world pyschedelic cabaret to japanese garden moments...yet it all still smells like jazz. And what a cast! (Julie Tippets, Gato, Dave Holland, and mucho more.) Rollicking fun, and serious chops!
Paul Haines's lyrics are both hilarious and sublime., just what the zen doctor ordered.
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2.0 out of 5 stars so out of time... January 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Generalizations should better be avoided in almost every situation. Having read the previous review , which emphatically but unfortunately wrongly states that "Tropic Appetites" is a record for people that understand Miles ,or "early Zappa" , or Coltrane for that matter, I feel I have to protest against such idle declarations .
"Tropic Appetites" is an outdated record that did not survive the test of time. Listening to it nowadays , 35 years since its release date , leaves you with the bitter taste of a work really stamped with a big mark writing "seventies" on it. It lacks focus , it lacks a basic idea that would evolve naturally and it' s full of pretentious singing , packed with silly childish songs that appear like funny yet completely meaningless intervalls and to top it all it displays a composer that cannot discipline its many ideas and has no control over her means of artistical expression. And above all it lacks sentiment. It' s cold , mecchanical and has a show-off approach to its material.
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