Bundle special offer: Flight 17 (2LP) Live at Iucc (3LP) and Thw cal (LP) by the legendary Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, led by their founder and mastermind, Horace Tapscott. Jazz, with its many iterations and forms, has always been a music on the move - its own changes and evolutions mirroring a flux in the perception of what is and was. This is all too evident when addressing its avant-garde realisations, particularly those rising across the 1960s and 70s - free and spiritual - musics which were both of their moment and beyond them - of a specific people, culture, social reality, philosophy, and political position, while transcending each. These radical sounds have rarely received the wide understanding, recognition, and appreciation in their own time. Thankfully, we have have hindsight. Historical Avant-garde jazz, springing from African American communities and taking seed in every corner of the globe, is increasingly celebrated for the seminal music is was and remains, but there’s still plenty of work to be done, especially when addressing the long standing rift in the United States which favours the east coast over the west.
Now, thrillingly, the UK based Outernational Sounds as taking a substantial crack at smashing the historical neglect of the singular west coast sound, with the reissue of four seminal albums from the outer reaches of Los Angeles - Horace Tapscott With The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra’s Flight 17, Live At I.U.C.C. and The Call – One Step Out - all high-watermarks of the city’s district contributions to the flied of avant-garde jazz at the end of the 1970’s and beginning of the 80s. Available both as individual discs or as a special-priced bundle.