The Tiptons are an all-female
sax quartet with percussion based in
With a musical resume like this and all these superior credentials (move over Queen, you are no longer the world’s most educated band!), it is no wonder that rave reviews like, “The Tiptons are amazing! Exceptional musical talent and wonderfully humorous! Extremely ‘Saxual,’ I can't wait for the next chance to see and hear them live” and “if you love jazz, this is a must . . . If not move on” allows their latest release, Drive,to hit “eleven” on the Richter scale for earth-rattling and building-shaking monstrous music.
The music is a beautiful monster for its anti-Machiavellian approach, an approach that does not allow the sum of all the parts to be greater than the whole. The songs are unforgettable, playful, and feature high-energy interaction between all five members. This unity of various repertoires creates a worldly and soulful touch that cannot be described; it must be heard.
The magical ingredient found on Drive comes from the fact that all of the members share in composing and arranging and are focused on the fact that the end project cannot be justified by individual egotistical means. With so much musical accreditations, one is perpetually surprised by each passing composition in that a plethora of genres intertwine perfectly with vast ranges of influences that can deviate from New Orleans jump groove to hip hop, punk to East European, klezmer and beyond. If you love a challenge, one that will leave you both experienced and exasperated, I highly recommend this latest release by the Tiptons. It is a document, or should I say a road map, to how to create some of the intriguing sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet and percussion. Oh, and did I mention that it also includes some fabulous singing.