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Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ballad for Deadwood Dick; Motherless Child; Breakfast at Bongo's; Close to Freedom; The Theme; Little Africa.

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To Live and Breathe…

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: An Introduction To Bonsai Basics; Thoughts Within The Vineyard; Drumstart; Visit To The Mountains; Evanesce.

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Horace Tapscott Quintet: Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995

Read "Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Since its founding in 2011, the French record label Dark Tree has been issuing a “Roots Series" documenting previously unreleased performances of the Los Angeles jazz avant-garde from the 1970s through the '90s. Among the best of those releases have been several from Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra led by pianist/composer/conductor Horace Tapscott. Legacies for Our Grandchildren: ...

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Vinny Golia / Bernard Santacruz / Cristiano Calcagnile: To Live and Breathe…

Read "To Live and Breathe…" reviewed by Mark Corroto


None of the three musicians heard on To Live and Breathe... had ever performed together before this set of live music recorded in Piacenza, Italy, on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Would they gel? Could they come together in the land of free improvised music? The most recognizable name here is American multi—instrumentalist Vinny Golia with a ...

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Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Platform for Freedom; Faith; Agony in the Garden; Prayer #1; Deborah Tasmin; Improvised Bass Solo 5/25/85; Dance of Blessing, Happiness & Peace.

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Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble: Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985

Read "Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Roberto Miranda has appeared on almost one-hundred albums but has been lightly recorded as a leader, and inexplicably struggled to generate interest among labels. Dark Tree Records has released some great Horace Tapscott performances from the '70s and '80s. The label resurrected a Miranda-led session on Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985. Recorded at ...

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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.

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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, ...

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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.

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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 ...


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