Thursday, February 2, 2017

Horace Tapscott - 1983 - Dial 'B' For Barbra

Horace Tapscott 
Dial 'B' For Barbra

01. Lately's Solo 10:30
02. Dial 'B' For Barbra 9:47
03. Dem' Folks 19:37

Drums, Percussion – Everett Brown Jr.
Piano – Horace Tapscott
Saxophone [Alto, Soprano] – Gary Bias
Saxophone [Tenor] – Sabir Matteen
Trumpet – Reggie Bullen
Violin [Bass] – Roberto Miguel Miranda

The best of pianist Horace Tapscott's recordings for the tiny Nimbus label is this 1981 LP which features him in a sextet with trumpeter Reggie Bullen, altoist Gary Bias, tenor saxophonist Sabir Matteen, bassist Roberto Miranda and drummer Everett Brown, Jr. The group stretches out on a couple of Tapscott's originals plus a 19½-minute version of Linda Hill's "Dem Folks." Although the music could be called avant-garde, its use of rhythms and repetition keep the results from being forbidding and the performances have a momentum of their own.