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Jazz at LACMA Gives Us Something Cool (and Free) to Do on Friday Evenings

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

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Jazz at LACMA continues this spring and into summer with a slate of free jazz shows every Friday evening at 6 p.m. Amoeba is a community sponsor of the series. Check out the whole lineup here.

phil ranelinAug. 22: The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble: The slide-trombone player's "spiritual jazz," as it has been called, is inspired by the likes of other consciousness-expanding jazz artists like Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders.

 

janis mannAug. 29: Janis Mann: Called a "first-class jazz singer" by jazz critic Scott Yanow, Mann's first album, A Little Moonlight, was called by its co-producer, Diane Schuur, “a heartfelt and tasty interpretation of well-loved standard.”

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Requiem for The Phantom: marking a decade since the passing of the legendary Horace Tapscott

Posted by J. Mark Beaver, February 17, 2009 12:00am | Post a Comment
horace tapscott dark treeI remember lying on a couch in my room in Oakland, sometime in either 1989 or 1990. Afternoon light was pouring in my window and I was in a hypnogogic state, somewhere between waking and dreaming. My mind was occupied with the vision of long and dark brown hands holding what looked to be a piece of blue glass. The agile hands turned the glass over and over again, and with each turning, facets appeared, polished and refracting light. The glass was becoming more and more ornate and I remember thinking that it was "perfecting." Suddenly, I sat bolt upright, realizing that I was having a visual experience of the music I was listening to at the moment: The title track from the recently issued LP by Horace Tapscott, Dark Tree.

Tapscott was working a theme on the piano, turning it over and over, and every time it came around, there was more central avenue sounds jazz in los angelesbeauty in it. And every time it came around, there was less of anything superfluous. The theme, under his long, dark fingers, was "perfecting."

Released again in 2000 by Swiss Hatology label on double limited edition CD with its companion volume, Dark Tree 1 & 2 is a document of what I have come to consider one of the most important jazz quartets of all time. Featuring Tapscott on piano, John Carter on clarinet, Cecil McBee on contrabass and Andrew Cyrille on drums, it is a fleeting glimpse into not only a rare recording by this astounding group, but a rare small group recording for Tapscott, altogether.

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