Nimbus West Records was
started in 1979 after listening to some tapes I bought from
Horace Tapscott, revealing what a Major artist he was.
The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra was recorded twice in the studio
and six times in a church in south central Los Angeles.
At the time, I was pretty sure no large labels were interested
in him because they were busy pushing a lot of silly, jerky
music; besides Horace had to be approached (in a sane society
that's the way it should be).
I then began recording Tapscott solo. I fell so completely under
his spell, that over the course of three years, I recorded him
13 times (25 hours!!).
Only six are on the market, so as the rocking chair years approach,
I have the task of putting out 15 or 20 hours of Tapscott solo
With his love of the waltz and expansion of folk themes, I consider
him America's Prokofiev.
I'll close with a quote from bassist John Clayton: "I spend
my time with art, life seems better that way."
Owner and Producer
Nimbus West records