The title of Horace Tapscott’s debut release is apt, if not self-referential, for indeed a giant of West Coast jazz had awakened with this, the pianist/composer/bandleader’s 1969 album for the Flying Dutchman label. Tapscott went on to form two groups crucial to the flowering of modern jazz in the Los Angeles area, the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (or P.A.P.A.; the name is an homage to Tapscott’s predecessor and peer, Sun Ra), which eventually became part of a larger umbrella organization, Union of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension (UGMAA).
Out of UGMAA came a host of LA-bred musicians, singers, and poets, including Arthur Blythe (who goes by Black Arthur Blythe on this recording), Stanley Crouch (who wrote the original liner notes), David Murray, Butch Morris, Wilber Morris, Jimmy Woods, Nate Morgan, and Sinclair Greenwell, Jr. (a.k.a. Guido Sinclair).
Anchoring it all was Tapscott himself; as Kamasi Washington, whose vision of a large, Los Angeles community-based ensemble echoes that of P.A.P.A. and UGMAA, said in 2015: “Horace is one of the most important figures in the foundation of music in L.A., from both a purely musically and socially conscious perspective.”
Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present the first-ever LP reissue of The Giant Is Awakened (original copies go for hundreds of dollars), taken from high-resolution audio sources and complete with original gatefold artwork. A foundational document of West Coast modern jazz!
We at GGR were saddened to learn of the fire that destroyed the
Apollo/Transco manufacturing facilities on February 6, 2020. The vinyl manufacturing industry is a
relatively close-knit community. We have
had many dealings directly with Terry Carlson (president of Apollo/Transco
Masters) over the years. We hope that
he, Apollo/Transco’s employees, as well as the many pressing plants and
mastering providers around the world who relied predominantly upon
Apollo/Transco will all weather this storm and successfully land on their feet.
situation affects Gotta Groove Records:
Gotta Groove Records provides lacquer mastering services – 12”
orders are cut by Clint Holley and Dave Polster, and 7” orders are cut by Greg
not rely upon Apollo/Transco for master lacquers used in making 12” records. Therefore, as of today, it does not appear
that 12” orders will be affected by the Apollo/Transco fire.
7” orders will be affected to some degree – moving forward, all 7″ jobs cut by GGR’s lacquer engineers will need to be cut on the larger lacquers typically used for 12″ jobs.
Reference lacquers will be temporarily unavailable. This applies to both 12” and 7” orders – the
supply of reference lacquers, at least in the near future, will be
disrupted. In some situations, 12”
customers will be offered the option to do test cut samples
instead of reference lacquers.
We will continue to provide updates on this matter, should
anything materially change from the statements made above. Of course, please feel free to contact us at
or via phone at (800) 295-0171 if you have any specific questions.
devoted to the vinyl format, and will continue to do everything within our
powers to make vinyl manufacturing as accessible and consistent as it can be to
musicians, labels, and anyone else wanting to make a record. We want to press your next record.
KAINA’s Next to the Sun was one of the VMP team’s favorite releases in 2019, as we loved the album’s dedications to KAINA’s native Chicago, and her family and the communities that raised her. Dripping in bright production and buoyed by her brighter voice, Next to the Sun is an album about soldiering on despite it all, and remembering to love who you are and where you came from.
For a limited time, you can obtain the Vinyl Me Please version of this album (pressed at Gotta Groove) on opaque blue vinyl.
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