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Ancestral Echoes – The Covina Sessions, 1976

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ancestral Echoes; Sketches of Drunken Mary; Jo Annette; Eternal Egypt Suite.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra: Ancestral Echoes – The Covina Sessions, 1976

Read "Ancestral Echoes – The Covina Sessions, 1976" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When pianist/composer/conductor Horace Tapscott founded the Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra (PAPA) in 1961, it was by design a support collective for all arts, bringing pride to the black community, specifically that of South-Central Los Angeles. PAPA signified social activism, teaching empowerment, and advocating Tapscott's belief that channeling African ancestral roots was a key to succeeding. Tapscott, ...

Why Don't You Listen? - Live at LACMA, 1998

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: aiee! The Phantom; Caravan; Fela Fela; Why Don't You Listen?; Little Africa.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the Great Voice of UGMAA: Why Don't You Listen? - Live at LACMA, 1998

Read "Why Don't You Listen? - Live at LACMA, 1998" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In every decade since the 1960s, dedicated listeners have called for the world to get hip to the music of Horace Tapscott. In 1963 he formed the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra in Los Angeles. Like Chicago's Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians (AACM) and St. Louis' Black Artists Group (BAG), Tapscott's collective was formed to serve ...

Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1st Set: #2; Views; 2nd Set: Chronos I; Chronos II; The Victims (for Steve Biko).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979

Read "Live At The  Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were born yesterday, you can be forgiven for believing the West Coast jazz scene begins with Kamasi Washington. As with most things related to jazz, New York is the focus, with slight consideration of Chicago. The rich history of Los Angeles' creative community, including the early Ornette Coleman ensembles, Dexter Gordon, Horace Tapscott, Frank ...

En Corps Generation

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Des Corps; Des Âmes.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud: En Corps Generation

Read "En Corps Generation" reviewed by John Sharpe

The eponymous debut En Corps (Dark Tree, 2012) by the French triumvirate of pianist Eve Risser, bassist Benjamin Duboc and drummer Edward Perraud made several year-end lists, and Génération belongs in the same category. Les Deux Versants Se Regardent (Clean Feed, 2016) by Risser's White Desert Orchestra revealed her as a composer of note, as well ...

Tournesol

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Pour Que; La; Nuit; S’ouvre.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Duboc/Julien Desprez/Julien Loutelier: Tournesol

Read "Tournesol" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The free improvisations by Benjamin Duboc, Julien Desprez, and Julien Loutelier on Tournesol or “Sunflower" bring to mind the lyrics to “Love Dance," a minor crossover hit for George Benson in 1980: “From too much talk to loving touches/Love touches when pure emotion takes the moment/We take the chance/Turn up the quiet, love wants to dance." ...


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