Horace Tapscott

Live at the I.U.C.C.

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Pianist-composer Horace Tapscott has made relatively few recordings considering his originality and obvious talents. Throughout the 1960's and 70's he led the U.G.M.A.A. Foundation (Union of God's Musicians & Artists Ascension), a big band that fell somewhere between post bop and the avant-garde. This double-LP is one of the group's few recordings and it actually features four different versions of the ensemble. Most of the sidemen are now obscure except for altoist Michael Session, Red Callender on tuba and bassist Roberto Miranda, but the music is quite dynamic and generally exciting. Worth searching for.