With the same title as his autobiography, this 1978 solo piano album, originally released in a small pressing and now properly reissued, shows both the intimate and the technical mastery of the West Coast pianist and leader of the Pan-Afrikan People's Orchestra, through original compositions and works by Billy Strayhorn, Elmo Hope, Cal Massey &c.
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Label: Survival Research
Catalog ID: SVVRCH 017LP
Squidco Product Code: 29843
Recorded at United / Western Studios in Hollywood, California, on February 18th, 1978, by George Bell. Originally released in 1978 on vinyl LP on the Interplay Records label as catalog code IP-7714.
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• Show Bio for Horace Tapscott
"Horace Elva Tapscott (April 6, 1934 Ð February 27, 1999) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He formed the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (also known as P.A.P.A., or The Ark) in 1961 and led the ensemble through the 1990s.
Tapscott was born in Houston, Texas, and moved to Los Angeles, California, at the age of nine. By this time he had begun to study piano and trombone. He played with Frank Morgan, Don Cherry, and Billy Higgins as a teenager.
After service in the Air Force in Wyoming, he returned to Los Angeles and played trombone with various bands, notably Lionel Hampton (1959Ð61). Soon after, though, he quit playing trombone and focused on piano.
In 1961 Tapscott formed the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, with the aim of preserving, developing and performing African-American music. As his vision grew, this became just one part of a larger organization in 1963, the Underground Musicians Association (UGMA), which later changed name to the Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension (UGMAA). Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch, Butch Morris, Wilber Morris, David Murray, Jimmy Woods, Nate Morgan and Guido Sinclair all performed in Tapscott's Arkestra at one time or another. Tapscott and his work are the subjects of the UCLA Horace Tapscott Jazz Collection.
Enthusiasts of his music formed two labels in the 1970s and 1980s, Interplay and Nimbus, for which he recorded."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Tapscott)
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1. Songs Of The Unsung 3:39
2. Blue Essence 3:51
3. Bakai 5:55
4. In Times Like These 7:01
1. Mary On Sunday 3:22
2. Lush Life 6:34
3. The Goat And Ram Jam 5:01
4. Something For Kenny 5:58
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"Survival Research present a reissue of Horace Tapscott's Songs Of The Unsung, originally released in 1978. Distinguished Los Angeles-based jazz pianist Horace Tapscott is probably best-known as the founder of the Pan-Afrikan People's Orchestra of PAPA, also known as The Ark, though he began his career as a trombonist, working with Lionel Hampton and others during the late 1950s.
The 1978 solo album, Songs Of The Unsung, released in small number on pianist Toshiya Taenaka's Interplay label, features Tapscott alone on piano, delivering a superb set of freely interpreted jazz tunes, including an unfettered reading of Lester Robertson's "In Times Like These" and Cal Massey's "Bakai," along with two of his own heartfelt originals."-Survival Research
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