Horace Tapscott Quintet: Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995By
The tighter, more focused quintet format is a setting in which Tapscott and his band can be more individually appreciated. But the theatrical feel of his live work with the Arkestra comes through in "Motherless Child" with a dramatic vocal contribution from Dwight Trible. Tapscott's original "Breakfast at Bongo's" is seventeen-plus minutes of blistering swing with tenor saxophonist Session tearing up the stage. Impressive solos from the leader and drummer Fritz Wise direct the piece back to a full unit closing. Trible returns on "Close to Freedom," a piece saved from gaudiness by Tapscott's intervention. "The Theme" is an enthusiastically free improvisation dominated by a piano and drums duo. The album closes with "Little Africa," penned by occasional Arkestra pianist Linda Hill and previously recorded by that group, and by Trible.
Tapscott began amassing what would become a large collective in 1961, and from that community, he assembled distinct groups for projects. Because he elected to play within confined geography, he never achieved his deserved level of fame. Tapscott experimented and though it did not always work, it was fire when it did. "Ballad for Deadwood Dick" and "Breakfast at Bongo's" account for more than a half-hour of explosively good jazz. Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995 was culled from several performances at Catalina Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard. Kudos to Dark Tree for giving Tapscott a second life.
Ballad for Deadwood Dick; Motherless Child; Breakfast at Bongo's; Close to Freedom; The Theme; Little Africa.
Horace Tapscott: piano; Michael Session: saxophone, alto; Fritz Wise: drums; Roberto Miranda: bass, acoustic; Thurman Green: trombone; Dwight Trible: voice / vocals.
Michael Session: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone.
Title: Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995 | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: Dark Tree Records
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