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Mrs Tippett – Leaving It All Behind

Was reading some stuff about the brilliant Keith Tippett this morning, widely known for his wonderful piano solo on King Crimsons Cat Food and contributions to Crimson albums “In the Wake of Poseidon”, “Lizard” and “Islands”. In this process I stumbled into his wife, and she will be my focus in this post.

Season Of The Witch – from debut album Open (1967)

In Australia the album was released as “Jools”, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity

Love the above performance, strong voice, great grove and lots of time, absolute no stress in 1968. If anyone should be in doubt it is a cover from Donovan’s 1966 album Sunshine Superman

Julie Driscoll  was born in London 1947, her first band was Steampacket featuring the later so famous Rod Stewart and also guitarist Vic Briggs (later The Animals) and keyboardist Brian Auger.

The group disbanded, Auger and Briggs formed Brian Auger & The Trinity, the group released some singles before Julie Driscoll joined for the first album in 1967. The band released the 2nd album “Definitely What!” in 1968 without Julie Driscoll, but she appeared on single releases. A cover of Dylans This Wheel’s On Fire made a top 5 UK singles hit.

Light My Fire – from Streetnoise (1969) The Doors cover (self-titled debut 1967)

Julie Driscoll appeared on their last original studio album Streetnoise released in 1969, an ambitious double album, covering a wide range of influences with some cover songs but also compositions by Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger. Haven’t had time to digest all of this but seems to be their most important contribution to music, I love it after just a single listen.

Czechoslovakia – from Streetnoise (1969) written by Julie Driscoll

Julie met Keith Tippett after she saw a gig of his at the 100 club at Oxford Street and the “Keith Tippett Group” became the backup band on her first solo album. Although titled “1969” it was released in 71. Without being a huge step in the more experimental direction she would later follow “1969” is a bit more Jazzy than her previous work and her vocals very beautiful, sometimes reminding me of my favorite Joni Mitchell moments, definitely an album worth checking out stands the test of time brilliantly.

Leaving It All Behind from “1969” written by Julie Driscoll

From this point onwards Julie uses the name Julie Tippetts on recordings, and became involved with more experimental music and improvised Jazz, working with Keith in his Centipede project, as well as preforming and recording with a variety of musicians.

Julie and Keith took part in the Rock adaption of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf, with a cast of prominent names, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, Brian Eno, Alvin Lee, Gary Moore, Cozy Powell, Manfred Mann ect.

In 1975 she released her 2nd solo album, Sunset Glow again with “Keith Tippett Group” as backup, the album now much more experimental, can hardly recognize anything from the 60’s pop singer. This is fully blown top class Jazz Rock with a female singer, quality vocals you won’t find too often.

Ocean And Sky (And Questions Why?) – from Sunset Glow (1975)

Written By Julie Tippetts

I will leave Julie at least for now, before this gets too long, but I’m definitely not finished listening to her voice, this was a great journey into unknown territories for me and I’m sure I might find more great music digging further into Mrs Tippett world.

Sunset Glow from Sunset Glow 1975

Written By Julie Tippetts

Dedicated To You, But You Weren’t Listening

Keith Tippett is one of the great pianists of the British free jazz scene, for decades he has formed various groups creating brilliant jazz improvisations.

On his 1971 album “Dedicated To You, But You Weren’t Listening” credited to “The Keith Tippett Group” We have got an impressive avant-garde jazz, dissonance and swinging, wild and energetic sometimes chaotic, a unique and different take on Jazz Fusion.

The album Title, was taken from a track title on Soft Machine: Volumes Two (1969), and several of “The Keith Tippett Group” members, was also involved in “Soft Machine”, Elton Dean and Nick Evans joined Soft Machine from their 1970 album “Third”, Roy Babbington and Mark Charig from “Fourth” (1971).
Also original Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt, was playing on “Dedicated To You, But You Weren’t Listening”. But where Soft Machine’s output at the time, was clearly rooted in “Progressive Rock” although increasingly Jazz inspired, Keith Tippett’s work is mainly rooted in Jazz.

Members of The Keith Tippett Group, was also involved in the King Crimson albums released in the period. Tippett was involved in “In the Wake of Poseidon” (1970), he added a Jazz feel to Crimsons symphonic Rock, and notably playing a stunning solo on “Cat Food”. Keith Tippett, Mark Charig and Nick Evans played on “Lizard” (1970), Keith Tippett and Mark Charig was guests on “Islands” (1971).