HORACE TAPSCOTT

Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Progressive Big Band / 21st Century Modern • United States
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Born in 1934 in Houston, Texas, Horace came from a musical family centered around his mother, Mary Malone Tapscott, who worked professionally as a singer and pianist. When Horace was nine, the family moved to Los Angeles. As a teenager in the late 1940's, Horace was surrounded by the music of Central Avenue: Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, were among the many cats on the set. Around this time, Horace also began to take music lessons from teachers Dr. Samuel R. Browne and Lloyd Reese, whose other students included Eric Dolphy and Frank Morgan. Horace's musical studies included trombone in addition to piano.

In 1952, Horace graduated from Jefferson High, got married to Cecilia Payne and went into the Air Force. Horace played in an Air Force Band while he was stationed in Wyoming for his term of duty. After mustering out, he returned to Los Angeles where
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Thoughts Of Dar Es SalaamThoughts Of Dar Es Salaam
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Why Don't You Listen: Live At Lacma 1998Why Don't You Listen: Live At Lacma 1998
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HORACE TAPSCOTT Discography

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HORACE TAPSCOTT The Giant Is Awakened album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Giant Is Awakened
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
HORACE TAPSCOTT Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Conductor Horace Tapscott ‎: Flight 17 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Conductor Horace Tapscott ‎: Flight 17
Progressive Big Band 1978
HORACE TAPSCOTT Horace Tapscott Conducting The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ‎: The Call album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Tapscott Conducting The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ‎: The Call
Progressive Big Band 1978
HORACE TAPSCOTT Song Of The Unsung album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Song Of The Unsung
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
HORACE TAPSCOTT In New York album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In New York
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
HORACE TAPSCOTT Dial 'B' For Barbara album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dial 'B' For Barbara
Post Bop 1981
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol.1
Post Bop 1982
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 2
Post Bop 1982
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 3
Post Bop 1983
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 4
Post Bop 1983
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 5
Post Bop 1984
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 6
Post Bop 1984
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 7 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 7
Post Bop 1984
HORACE TAPSCOTT Autumn Colors album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Autumn Colors
Post Bop 1984
HORACE TAPSCOTT Aiee! The Phantom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aiee! The Phantom
Post Bop 1996
HORACE TAPSCOTT Thoughts of Dar Es Salaam album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Thoughts of Dar Es Salaam
Post Bop 1997
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 8 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 8
Post Bop 1997
HORACE TAPSCOTT Dissent Or Descent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dissent Or Descent
Post Bop 1998
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 9 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 9
Post Bop 2001
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 10
Post Bop 2003
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 11 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 11
Post Bop 2007
HORACE TAPSCOTT Faith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Faith
Post Bop 2010
HORACE TAPSCOTT Little Africa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Little Africa
Post Bop 2010

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HORACE TAPSCOTT live albums

HORACE TAPSCOTT Horace Tapscott With The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ‎: Live At I.U.C.C. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Tapscott With The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ‎: Live At I.U.C.C.
Progressive Big Band 1979
HORACE TAPSCOTT Horace Tapscott / Everett Brown Jr. : At The Crossroads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Tapscott / Everett Brown Jr. : At The Crossroads
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
HORACE TAPSCOTT Live at Lobero album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Lobero
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
HORACE TAPSCOTT Live At Lobero Vol. II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Lobero Vol. II
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
HORACE TAPSCOTT Horace Tapscott Octet Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Tapscott Octet Live
Post Bop 1988
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Dark Tree 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dark Tree 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
HORACE TAPSCOTT The Dark Tree Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dark Tree Volume 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
HORACE TAPSCOTT Tapscott Simmons Quartet : Among Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tapscott Simmons Quartet : Among Friends
Post Bop 1999
HORACE TAPSCOTT Lighthouse 79 Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lighthouse 79 Vol. 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
HORACE TAPSCOTT Lighthouse 79 Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lighthouse 79 Vol. 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
HORACE TAPSCOTT Why Don't You Listen? - Live at LACMA, 1998 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Why Don't You Listen? - Live at LACMA, 1998
21st Century Modern 2019

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HORACE TAPSCOTT The Dark Tree album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dark Tree
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999

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HORACE TAPSCOTT The Giant Is Awakened

Album · 1969 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Texas-born pianist Horace Tapscott released this his debut as leader being 35. Based in LA from late 50s, he was active on local musical scene and as black community leader as well. Quintet with two bassists and young Arthur Blythe on alto(Blythe first ever recording) plays excellent soulful "spiritual jazz" in a fashion of the day.

Four improvs (them all are so tuneful and well-structured it's difficult to believe there wasn't pre-composed material used at all)with lively piano,groovy rhythm section and bluesy sax. Tapscott demonstrates advanced techniques and by its inspired sound this album could be easily placed at the same level with similar Archie Shepp or even John Coltrane albums of "spiritual jazz".Album's opener, 17-minutes long "The Giant Is Awakened" is one among greatest composition coming from that time and genre.

Unfortunately,albums title haven't been fulfilled - probably LA,being world center of music business wasn't great place for free jazz. Tapscott recorded some more albums with known and local artists, series of very average solo piano releases and in fact almost till his last days stayed known mostly in local scene.

He always had some great tunes and interesting recorded moments,but almost every his album contains some fillers and badly edited material. Released live recordings are as rule too long and need serious editing as well.(Almost two-hours long posthumous "Lighthouse Sessions" would be really much better if released as 45-minutes long CD using best concert's material instead of releasing of whole recorded gig,etc)

The only exemption is Tapscott's "Thoughts Of Dar Es Salaam"(with drummer Billy Hart and bassist Ray Drummond), released two years before him passing away in 1999 . Together with "The Giant Is Awakened",these his two best albums are beginning and the end of great artist who's best music is dated well and still sounds modern and interesting.

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