Thursday, February 2, 2017

Horace Tapscott - 1978 - The Call

Horace Tapscott
The Call

01. The Call    (8:22)  
02. Quagmire Manor At Five A.M.   (10:26)  
03. Nakatini Suite    (9:01)  
04. Peyote Song No. III   (10:07)

Alto Clarinet – Herbert Callies
Alto Saxophone – Michael Session
Bass – David Bryant, Kamonta Lawrence Polk
Cello, Bass – Louis Spears
Drums – Everett Brown Jr.
Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Kafi Larry Roberts
Leader, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute [Bamboo] – Jesse Sharps
Percussion, Drums – William Madison
Piano – Linda Hill
Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – James Andrews
Trombone – Archie Johnson, Lester Robertson
Tuba, Bass – Red Callendar
Vocals, Flute – Adele Sebastian

Recorded April 8, 1978 Los Angeles, California.  

The second LP by Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (a 16-piece trumpet-less big band) has four lengthy selections; three originals by bandmembers plus Cal Massey's "Nakatini Suite." Best-known among the sidemen are veteran Red Callender (doubling on tuba and bass) and the powerful altoist Michael Session. Many of the other players (including the pianist-leader) have some space to stretch out and the ensembles (with their unusual voicings and free spots) are quite colorful.
The Call is unique in that, unlike other The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra recordings, Horace Tapscott doesn't play piano at all.  He only conducts this recording.  But I think the reason that I love The Call so much is that it sounds like what a collaboration between Horace Taspcott and Charles Mingus would be like.  It's really unique.  Pianist Linda Hill fills in for Horace Tapscott very well, evoking Jaki Byard a little.