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Songs of the Unsung by Andrew Clark

SONGS OF THE UNSUNG is one of those special autobiographical narratives that comes along once in a while, and successfully captivates its reading audience with the complete candor of the person telling the story! This is an important sociological document, for it tells the life of Horace Tapscott, one of the most unique figures in jazz of black Los Angeles.

What I found most likeable about this book is the authors wit for it made the story even that much more exciting as a perspective on black jazz history! This book is full of descriptions and details people and places in a highly entertaining fashion. The work was edited by Steven Isoardi who also edited Buddy Collette's autobiography.

Horace Tapscott was a pianist trombonist composer and a leader in the avant garde jazz movement. A gifted teacher Tapscott helped and guided hundreds of Los Angeles youths.

Although Horace Tapscott (1934 - 1999) is no longer alive his musical and civil rights achievements remain and endure. He also arranged and conducted the score for the film soundtracks "Passing Through" and "Sweet Jesus Preacher Man full of information pertaining to Tapscott's life in jazz. Special chapters of interest in this well-written and articulate nonfiction book include "California" "Military Service" "To Preserve and Develop Black Culture" "The Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension" "Reflections and Directions" among others.

What is most unique about SONGS OF THE UNSUNG is that it reveals a man who not only lived jazz but contributed to it in meaningful ways and was a walking masterpiece of the personal philosophy he advocated. He lived to teach help others perform create. Horace Tapscott succeeded at each.

SONGS OF THE UNSUNG lets the reader see how he did it. SONGS OF THE UNSUNG is excellent reading. This book entertains and enlightens at the same time and is a fine reading experience!'SONGS OF THE UNSUNG is one of those special autobiographical narratives that comes along once in a while, and successfully captivates its reading audience with the complete candor of the person telling the story! This is an important sociological document, for it tells the life of Horace Tapscott, one of the most unique figures in jazz of black Los Angeles.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Songs of the Unsung
  • Author: Andrew Clark
  • Publisher: Continuum
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Book Type:: Non-Fiction
  • ISBN: 826447562
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 448
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