Everybodys Mouth's a Book

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Everybodys Mouth's a Book
Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 25–27, 2001
StudioOrange Music Sound Studio, West Orange, NJ
LabelPi Recordings
ProducerHenry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill chronology
Where's Your Cup?
Everybodys Mouth's a Book
Up Popped the Two Lips

Everybodys Mouth's a Book is an album by Henry Threadgill featuring eight of Threadgill's compositions performed by Threadgill & Make a Move.[1] The album was the first album on the Pi Recordings label and was released simultaneously with Up Popped the Two Lips by Threadgill's Zooid in 2001.[2]


Both of Threadgill's initial Pi releases attracted critical approval. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "This is deft footwork on the part of Threadgill as a leader, who lets his musicians shine and keeps them focused on the task at hand. Everybody's Mouth's a Book is as solid top to bottom as its companion release on Pi".[3] The All About Jazz review by Glenn Astarita stated, "Henry Threadgill's importance to modern jazz cannot be denied, as there are few composers who possess such a distinguishable methodology to music in general".[4] The Boston Phoenix{'}s Ed Hazell stated, "Everybodys Mouth’s a Book, the Make a Move quintet’s second release, feels like a more traditional jazz album: the tempos are faster, and the instrumentation is closer to what you expect from a jazz quintet. But after the band’s first album, this one too defies expectation".[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Henry Threadgill

  1. "Platinum Inside Straight" - 7:10
  2. "Don't Turn Around" - 7:32
  3. "Biggest Crumb" - 4:42
  4. "Burnt Til Recognition" - 7:35
  5. "Where Coconuts Fall" - 6:32
  6. "Pink Water Pink Airplane" - 3:42
  7. "Shake It Off" - 5:07
  8. "What to Do, What to Do" - 8:08



  1. ^ Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 12, 2010
  2. ^ Pi Recordings catalogue accessed February 12, 2010
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed February 12, 2010.
  4. ^ Astarita, G. Up Popped the Two Lips & Everybodys Mouth's a Book Review All About Jazz, May 13, 2002
  5. ^ Hazell, E. Changing Tunes: Two Sides of Henry Threadgill Archived 2010-12-27 at the Wayback Machine The Boston Phoenix, December 13–20, 2001
  6. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1401. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.