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by Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums

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Peppe 00:08
Sole alla valle, sole alla collina, per le campagne non c'è più nessuno Addio, addio amore, io vado via amara terra mia, amara e bella Cieli infiniti e volti come pietra mani incallite ormai senza speranza Addio, addio amore, io vado via amara terra mia, amara e bella... Tra gli uliveti è nata già la luna Un bimbo piange allatta un seno magro Addio, addio amore, io vado via amara terra mia, amara e bella English Translation Sun in the valley, sun in the hills No one is left in the countryside Goodbye, goodbye my love, I'm going away My bitter earth, bitter and beautiful Infinite heavens and expressions like stone Calloused hands already without hope Goodbye, goodbye my love, I'm going away My bitter earth, bitter and beautiful The moon is already born in the branches of the olive trees (it's late now) A baby cries, nursing from a withered breast Goodbye, goodbye my love, I'm going away My bitter earth, bitter and beautiful
Zoology 05:21
Shimmy shammy contra-blammy Sammy had one in pyjamis Got a little shiner when he haggled with a shriner Shaker baker, oh go make her Quaker undertaker When he jumps, he is a Laker oh lord, please don't forsake her! Skipping ripping maybe take a sip and let the swallow fill the hollow Gorgeous glow to follow Satan was sated, I waited for fate then Fate don't show your face, peace can't keep the pace Silly human race, but still holier than thou ~ Tiny lower case, silly little humans! Why don't we darn our souls to make them whole again? Why don't we just thread a needle, patch our souls and make amends? Uh oh!
AND THERE I THOUGHT Music by Amy Denio Words by Jessica Lurie & Amy Denio Her love, he was a sailor - took boats up north and towards the equator She would come with him sometimes ~ traveller adventurer Her love at sea now, her | belly grows ~ til he comes | home He put his hand on her belly and said ~ keep this safe for me, keep your self safe she went ashore and then the phone | rang ~ And then he was gone (keep yourself safe) and he was gone ~~~~ And there I thought all I had to worry about was the rain In the eyes of a child ~ sun sea wind and shadows play click and clack ~ the train comes back ~ the boy grows into a | sailor
Bronty 03:26
A child of God with potential untold she comes to earth with a mission to unfold. Marks on her face which will bring her disgrace from the kids on the playground who laugh at her face. Mom and Dad give refuge from the pain caused by the judgements for not looking just the same. They bring her to a doctor with tenderness and care who takes away those marks, as if they weren't there. The ridicule, the madness, the unforgiven glare this all now avoided to make her life fair. Because we seem different, sometimes we cannot see and the pain left in side us is from our society. To see who we are please shun the disguise see the spirit in the body, the soul through the eyes. For we are all special, created with love we all have our markings given from above. My sex is a birthmark my preference is not picked I didn't come here to get ridiculed and kicked. I will stand up and be the best that I can be accept me as I am and don't give me therapy. For the thing I did not choose, I cannot change if I'm queer. God made me this way though the purpose is not clear. We are all like Bronty, perfect from the start with God given markings to set us apart. If I am not like you, and you are not like me, the difference between us is only what you see. Find out who you are and then you'll know me for we are all made from the same family.
Kickamar 06:01
All good things come in threes see your fortune in the coffee cream or in the tea cup it's the seven year itch for the cat times nine if they're black cross your path ~ and your break out in a sweat the sky will Fall on your henny penny head Knock on wood, test the wind, break a leg and say a prayer Rabbit foot horseshoe, wishing on the first star mind the Ladders and the cracks, everything thirteen in the mouth of the wolf, and we hope he bites In culo alla balena speriamo che non caga! "Cingulu cingulu ja 'ppè via ....l'occhi rossi lu viria si nun era 'ppè gamme torte.... Cingulu cingulu era morto...."
Earth slows down in winter Gravestones frozen solid Winter enters all corners; the winds in her arms, tucking in her arms Moon and the earth are slowly drifting away from each other The soul will expand in its change from life to color, full color Earth slows down in winter Gravestones frozen solid Waiting for the last breath, the change Frees the soul, the soul at last


Recorded by Carlo Cantini at Digitube Studio, Mantova, Italy 3/2013
Mixed by Mell Dettmer at Studio Soli, Seattle, WA 4/2013
Mastered by Dieter Pimiskern at Dorian Gray Studios, Eichenau, Germany
Cover art and design by Jessica Lurie with layout assistance from Daniel Zezelj

Special thanks to all who supported our Indiegogo fundraising campaign, Peppe Voltarelli for his wonderful voice, Samantha Wilson for supplying the printing press type, The Lurie Family, Meet The Composer and 4Culture.
Funded in part through New Music USA's MetLife Creative Connections program.

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released March 8, 2014

Amy Denio: alto sax, clarinet, voice
Jessica Lurie: alto sax, tenor sax, voice
Sue Orfield: tenor sax, voice
Tina Richerson: baritone sax, voice
Robert Kainar: drums and percussion

with special guest Peppe Voltarelli: voice on 'Amara Terra Mia' and 'All Good Things'


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Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums Seattle, Washington

Based in New York, Seattle, and Eau Claire, the Tiptons perform original compositions and arrangements of world music on saxes, clarinet, voices and drums/percussion. With music that covers musical territory from New Orleans “second – line” to jazz, Afro-Cuban to Balkan, Klezmer and beyond, the Tiptons create some of the wildest sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet.. ... more

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