TIPPY is Neil Slade's second  collection of pop/rock songs and saxophone thrills (after Amygdala Brainbites). It has a lot of "tongue in cheek" humor, as well as more straight serious instrumental virtuosity with a number of saxophone instrumental selections in the second half.  (See samples and reviews, below).


N.S.- All instruments (guitars, alto saxophone, bass, keyboards, synthesizers, drum programming, vocals).



14 Tracks, 46 Minutes


1. Tippy #1

2. Shauna

3. Cosmic bike

4. Couch

5. Mr. Future

6. The Way

7. Lost In Space

8. Aural Exciter

9. Tippy #2

10. Cindy


11. A Refined Mud Pie

12. Bloomdido (Charlie Parker)

13. Scaramouche (Carious Milhaud)

14. Concerto For Sax (Henri Tomasi)


Release date, 1998   Re-mastered 2019

All compositions by N.S. except where noted.



Shauna  (also see the Shauna Page)


Cosmic Bike

Scaramouche  (sax instrumental)





Review by MICHAEL ROBERTS, Denver Westword Magazine, Music Editor

Tippy, from the cranium of Denver's Neil slade, reminded me of Seventies vintage Todd Rundgren in its juxtaposition of pure pop melodies, sometimes arch lyrics, challenging structural conceits and substantial ambition. "Shauna," "Couch" and several others are extremely humable, yet they also ask for (and reward) closer inspection. So does the concluding "Concerto for Saxophone, 1st Mov.," a sprightly journey through several decades of American musical tradition.




TIPPY is Neil Slade's latest musical offering. This fine effort seems to be divided into two distinct programs; the first a compilation of original, contemporary pop/rock tunes incorporating tight arrangements with intersting use of instrumental textures as well as harmonic colors unusual for the genre. I particularly like the pensive Aural Exciter and the playful Cindy which seems to be a tribute to Tommy James and the Shondells.

The second half of this recording is a, dare I say, more cerebral approach which includes Neil's Zappa influenced A Refined Mud Pie as well as a cookin' version of Charlie Parker's Bloomdido and readings of two pieces by classical composers Darius Milhaud and Henri Tomasi.

This is a finely crafted work which amply demonstrates Neil's eclectic approach to music. He does some nice sax and synth solo work and really seems to know his way around the studio. by the way, Dee Netzel does some nice piano work and contributes greatly to the high level of excellence on this recording.

(Patrick Oliver is a Denver area pianist who has performed with Hubert Laws, Bobby Shew, Bill Frisell, and Teddy Edwards among others.

Neil Slade Album and Concert Reviews

Review by WESTON WELLS, Denver Academy

On Saturday, March 2, Neil Slade performed a concert, the likes of which you've never seen. Libraries are normally a quiet haven for the socially timid. But the Cherry Creek Branch of the Denver Public Library now has a new reputation, and broke the old stuffy mold when Neil Slade and friends came out of retirement and shattered the hallowed library silence.

Greeting audience at the entrance was the ubiquitous "Brain X", a mascot and driving force behind this one man hurricane (Brain-X being a real human brain in a jar on educational loan from Colorado's Dormant Brain Research and Development Laboratory). Assisting Neil at this show, was the rhythm devil of the day- Fred Poindexter, a palpitating percussion personality who magnified the effect of the music in logarithmic fashion.

Ensorcelling the audience as always were the multifaceted talents of Neil "that funky brain man" Slade, who picked up instruments as naturally as a housewife picks up ripe fruit from the produce section at Safeway. No instrument felt left out from the cornucopia of aural delicacies- acoustic and electric guitars, the mysterious "Zo" guitar , voice, and acoustic piano. Poindexter pounded out the beat on a plethora of primitive and modern drums, like a mad blacksmith forging raw steel.

The large community room was filled to the gunnels: standing room only- all seats were filled. Reactions typical of the broad based audience were: "Neil played with such vigor and enthusiasm, it was like the music exploded out of his chest!", and "My amygdalas clicked forward at the beginning of the show- and something really freaky happened to my brain!"

During the hour long set, including a short but informative brain anatomy pause, nobody was seen leaving even to go to the bathroom, despite gallons of free lemonade. There was consistent quality of performance, as well as variety, from the eerie yet sublime "Submarine" to the snappy and superlative "Shauna". Apparently the inclusion of many new songs from Slade's newest release "Tippy" hypnotized the audience into helpless submission in a most delightful manner.

After the show, library patrons were guided through the mind boggling maze of the Internet by Slade. He led ecstatic "newbies" on a journey through cyberspace, with a stop at his very own extensive World Wide Web Site, "Neil Slade's Amazing Brain Music Adventure" (http://www.BrainRadar.com).

In conclusion, if you are looking for explosive musical neural pleasures, look no further than the latest offering from Neil Slade Music and Company.




Neil Slade's The Amazing Brain Adventure






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