Quintet: Vinyl LPMRBLP256
Label: Mr Bongo
Release Date: 2nd September
Unreleased album from one of the masters of avant garde and free jazz Horace Tapscott and his Quintet of supreme players who seem to be vessels of an otherworldly message from another place. One of those records that sounds like the chaos and rhythm of life but within it there is harmony and positivity that ends up being the true message.
This previously unreleased album by the Horace Tapscott Quintet was
unearthed from master tapes in the Flying Dutchman archives. Recorded
in 1969 it was intended to be a follow-up album to the classic 'The
Giant Is Awakened' which was released that year.
The iconic pianist and composer Horace Tapscott was one of the most unique
and important figures in LA's jazz world. This lost recording was produced by one
of the pivotal figures in jazz, Bob Thiele, a leading behind-the- scenes star who
worked with many of the greats in jazz, such as Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington,
John Coltrane, Della Reese, Shirley Scott, Gil Scott-Heron, the list goes on. His
name can be seen gracing, arguably the best, Impulse! releases and those
released on his own Flying Dutchman imprint set up in 1969.
Joining Horace for this three-track, deep, heavy, avant-garde session is the same
stellar cast featured on 'The Giant Is Awakened'; Arthur Blythe on Alto Sax, Everett
Brown Jr on Drums, with David Bryant and Walter Savage Jr. on Bass. Kicking
things off we have 'World Peace', which starts with an almost baroque- esque
melody, leading to an eruption in sound, it then ends in the same manner it began.
The beautiful 'Your Child' is the jewel in the crown, skirting modal, deep jazz and
introducing elements of free jazz. 'For Fats' with its bow bass and piano intro
takes you on a journey, dropping into, at times dark, stormy melodies and
developing a driving energy as the composition progresses.
Featuring brand-new artwork by the illustrious artist/designer/musician
Raimund Wong (Total Refreshment / Floating World Pictures)
1. World Peace
2. Your Child
3. For Fats