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Horace Tapscott ‘The Giant is Awakened’

The title is apt—the musical, political, and social repercussions that contextualize Horace Tapscott’s debut album continue to resonate today. The LA collective, which gave birth to the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (P.A.P.A.) which evolved into the Union of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension (UGMAA)—both a precursor to Kamasi Washington’s current collective. The spiritual and modal frameworks that channeled a motley collection of feelings—anger, hope, frustration, love, sadness, faith, and acceptance—into a narrative were powerful. Often profound. This LP covers a lot of ground, as freer waypoints appear along the spiritual pathways, making for a fascinating set of journeys. The nearly sidelong title track is quite a trip. The quintet has an interesting lineup with Tapscott on piano, Arthur Blythe KILLING IT on alto sax, Walter Savage Jr. *AND* David Bryant on bass, and drummer Everett Brown Jr. Originally released on Flying Dutchman in 1969, this is a 2020 reissue on Real Gone Music, limited to 1,000 copies. Loving this record