Up Popped the Two Lips

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Up Popped the Two Lips
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Studio album by Henry Threadgill
Released 2001
Recorded April 28–30, 2001
Genre Jazz
Label Pi Recordings
Producer Henry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill chronology
Everybodys Mouth's a Book
(2001)Everybodys Mouth's a Book2001
Up Popped the Two Lips
Pop Start the Tape, Stop
(2005)Pop Start the Tape, Stop2005

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


Both of Threadgill's initial Pi Recordings releases attracted critical approval. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "This is a fun, deft, and smart record. Threadgill is more on his game as a composer and as a bandleader than at any point in his career."[3] The All About Jazz review by Glenn Astarita stated "it is a joy to delve into the band's multidirectional evolutionary processes."[4] The Boston Phoenix's Ed Hazell stated "Threadgill has mixed these elements before, but not all in one working band, and he’s rarely given himself as much solo room in music so heavily composed."[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Henry Threadgill

  1. "Tickled Pink" - 6:54
  2. "Dark Black" - 5:26
  3. "Look" - 4:54
  4. "Around My Goose" - 8:00
  5. "Calm Down" - 5:35
  6. "Did You See That" - 7:43
  7. "Do the Needful" - 6:53

Recorded at Orange Music Sound Studio, West Orange, NJ, on April 28, 29 & 30, 2001



  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 The Boston Phoenix, December 13–20, 2001