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Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra
Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Live At I.U.C.C.

Even by their usual high standards Soul Jazz Records have outdone themselves here. Horace Tapscott was an influential West Coast jazzer who simply does not get the credit that his outstanding catalogue warrants. Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Live At I.U.C.C., a recording Tapscott made with his Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra back in 1979, has been out of print for decades. It’s an absolutely superb example of large-ensemble spiritual jazz and is more than worthy of a reissue. Not to be missed.

Nate Morgan
Journey Into Nigritia

Journey Into Nigritia, the 1983 debut LP from the late jazz pianist Nate Morgan, gets a reissue courtesy of Outernational Sounds. Morgan was a highly talented player, one who joined Horace Tapscott’s Union Of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension as a teenager, and his prodigious abilities as both an instrumentalists and bandleader shine through on Journey Into Nigritia. The influence of Tapscott’s spiritual style is keenly felt here.
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Shankar Jaikishan
Raga Jazz Style

Released in 1968 and never previously reissued until now, this is a rare wonder of a recording from the little-documented Indian jazz scene. Shankar Jaikishan and his ensemble do a masterful job of merging the traditional ragas of Indian classical music with Western swing jazz, and it comes out sounding frankly gorgeous. Raga Jazz Style is reissued by Outernational Sounds.

Creative Arts Ensemble
One Step Out

Excellent re-press from Outernational Sounds here. The Creative Arts Ensemble was the only larger-size ensemble to emerge out of Horace Tapscott’s superb Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Their 1981 debut LP, made in collaboration with B. J. Crowley, ran with the spiritualism of Tapscott’s ensemble while also nodding to the wildness of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago.
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Jesse Sharps Quintet & P.A.P.A.
Sharps and Flats

A crucial piece of spiritual soul jazz finally gets a vinyl issue for the first time courtesy of Outernational Sounds. Jesse Sharps recorded Sharps And Flats in 1985, a time when he was leading Horace Tapscott’s Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Indeed Tapscott himself plays piano on two tracks here, and final entry ‘McKowsky’s First Fifth’ is a full P.A.P.A. piece. For the first six numbers Sharps brings the freedom and fire of the P.A.P.A to his quintet while allowing more space for classic melody sections.