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Horace Tapscott

Dial ‘B’ For Barbra

NS-1147
Release Notes
  • Features Tapscott in a sextet
  • Recorded in LA in the early 80s
  • 180 gram 2LP in gatefold sleeve

The best of pianist Horace Tapscott’s recordings for the tiny Nimbus label is this 1981 LP which features him in a sextet with trumpeter Reggie Bullen, altoist Gary Bias, tenor saxophonist Sabir Matteen, bassist Roberto Miranda and drummer Everett Brown, Jr.

The group stretches out on a couple of Tapscott’s originals plus a 19-and-a-half-minute version of Linda Hill’s “Dem Folks.” Although the music could be called avant-garde, its use of rhythms and repetition keep the results from being forbidding and the performances have a momentum of their own.

A great group recording from pianist Horace Tapscott – recorded in LA in the early 80s, but done with all the righteousness and spirituality of his earlier albums! Tracks are long and exploratory, but also relatively lyrical too – stretching out with a style that’s never too “outside”, and which has Horace and the group really soaring to the heavens on the best moments!