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This 15 year anniversary release includes several bonus items. The album is the result of a historic recording session and summit brought together on October 10th of 2005 by Jesse Sharps, one of the early bandleaders of Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Several well established local musicians such as Ndugu Chancler, Taumbu Ector, Kamau Daáood, Richard Grant, Azar Lawrence, Phil Ranelin, Roberto Miranda, and Michael Session joined members of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and young up and coming players on the scene like Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Brandon Coleman, Joey Dosik, Randal Fisher, Nick Rosen, and Kamasi Washington. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson brought in Peter Jacobson, Myka Miller, and Sara Schoenbeck to help round out the woodwinds and strings.

The name, The Gathering, was inspired from a community center and performance space founded by Dadisi Sanyika that Kamau Daáood help to organize back in the 1970s. For this Gathering Kamau led a select group to improvise live with him on his signature spoken word piece “Language of Saxophones.” Jesse Sharps brought in his epic composition “Peyote Song III” to pair with his other song “Desert Fairy Princess” for which Dwight Trible wrote lyrics and sang on. Roberto Miranda led the group as an improvising conductor for his experimental piece, “Agony in the Garden.” Two Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra standards were recorded that day as well, “Warriors All” by Horace Tapscott and “Lately’s Solo.” "Warriors All" was later released as a digital single in February 2010.

Given the level of the performances, the line up, and the emerging young giants from that day like Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and others, this album is not to be missed and should stand the test of time as a seminal moment for the Leimert Park and Progressive Improvised Music scene of Los Angeles. A line up this stellar and unique may never be seen again.

The download comes with 11 pages of liner notes and stills from the session covering the history of the music, musicians, excerpts from interviews, and extensive background on Leimert Park and the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra history. Also included is the Front and Rear cover art originally released with the limited edition CD, and a print quality PDF file of a movie theater sized teaser poster for the film, The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz.

2020 marks the 15th anniversary of The Gathering and a documentary film has been completed with an eventual release planned following a film festival run, and screenings through 2022. More info on that can be found at www.thegatheringjazzfilm.com


released August 1, 2020

Jesse Sharps -Conductor, Soprano Saxophone
Dwight Trible – Voice
Kamau Daaood – Spoken Word
Myka Miller – English Horn, Oboe
Sara Schoenbeck – Bassoon
Tracy Wannomae – BbClarinet & Bass Clarinet
Kafi Roberts – Flute
Tracy Caldwell – Alto Saxophone
Michael Session – Alto Saxophone
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Azar Lawrence – Tenor Saxophone
Kamasi Washington – Tenor Saxophone
Joey Dosik – Baritone & Tenor Saxophone
Fundi Legohn, French Horn & Percussion
Phil Ranelin – Trombone
Nathaniel Brooks – Trombone
Richard Grant – Trumpet
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – Viola
Peter Jacobson – Cello
Roberto Miranda – Bass
Nick Rosen – Bass
Brandon Coleman – Piano
Ndugu Chancler – Drums
Taumbu – Congas

Recorded by Blanton (Kyle) Ross at CalArts in Valencia, CA
Mixed by Elvin Estrella, Blanton Ross, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Mastered by Blanton Ross at TV Tray Studio in Simi Valley, CA
Executive Produced by Thomas Paige, Jesse Sharps, Carlos Nino
Associate Produced by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Art Direction by Raphael Gort
Photos and Stills by Thomas Paige
Liner Notes by Mimi Melnick


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A multigenerational music project started by Jesse Sharps, an early bandleader of Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra, rooted in Leimert Park, and the progressive LA jazz scene featuring stellar cast of players including some of the hottest young rising stars. ... more

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