Thursday, February 2, 2017

Horace Tapscott - 1995 - Aiee The Phantom

Horace Tapscott 
Aiee The Phantom

01. To The Great House 7:48
02. The Goat And Ram Jam 8:51
03. Aiee! The Phantom 10:28
04. Drunken Mary / Mary On Sunday 9:25
05. Inspiration Of Silence 6:37
06. Mothership 15:49

Alto Saxophone – Abraham Burton
Bass – Reggie Workman
Drums – Andrew Cyrille
Piano – Horace Tapscott
Trumpet – Marcus Belgrave

Recorded June 1995 at Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY.

Pianist-composer Horace Tapscott has long been Los Angeles' great local legend. He has had his own sound and style since the mid-1960's but, due to his relatively few recordings (mostly for Nimbus) and his desire to live in L.A. rather than New York, he has long been underrated if not completely overlooked. Falling between post bop and the avant-garde, Tapscott plays locally with a blazing (if thus far undocumented) quartet that includes saxophonist Michael Sessions. Recently he recorded Aiee! The Phantom with an all-star quintet including trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, altoist Abraham Burton, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille. Tapscott performs four of his modal-based originals and a pair of obscurities quite freely but with attention paid to the moods of the compositions. Highlights include "Drunk Mary/Mary On Sunday," "To The Great House" and the adventurous "Mothership." Perhaps this recording (available from Arabesque) will alert the rest of the jazz world as to the strong talents of the great veteran Horace Tapscott.



  2. The live video is great, reminds me of my favorite avant-jazz album, Art Ensemble of Chicago's "Fanfare for the Warriors".