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Horace Tapscott

Live At Lobero

NS-1369
Release Notes
  • Re-mastering by Kevin Gray
  • Produced by Tom Albach
  • Recorded & mixed by Dennis Moody Nov. 12, 1981 in the Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, California

This is a reissue of a now out-of-print album from live trio date by the legendary LA-based pianist, composer and multi-bandleader, Horace Tapscott. Pianist Horace Tapscott is always at his best when he is leading a trio. “Sketches of Drunken Mary” features some sparkling piano revolving around a most lyrical bass part that is absolutely touching. The piece ends with a long, monstrous drum solo has to be heard to be believed. I recall hearing/seeing the mighty Sonship with John McLaughlin’s One Truth band live at Central Park way back in 1979 and being knocked out by his drumming. “Raisha’s New Hip Dance” is a lovely piece that starts with some amazingly powerful and somewhat dark solo piano, with some strong two handed playing going in different directions and then winding down to somber conclusion, then building back up once again. The final piece is called “Dark Tree” which is a great work that features a colossal, McCoy-like repeating line that is most hypnotic. The trio explodes in waves together, an immensely propulsive circular current at the center of the storm. Roberto Miranda takes an astonishing, fleet-fingered contrabass solo and then Sonship again provides a cosmic gong, cymbals and drum solo. This is a momentous offering from start to finish. It doesn’t get any better than this.