Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paul Horn - Plenty Of Horn

When one evaluates Paul Horn's career, it is as if he were two people, pre- and post-1967. In his early days, Horn was an excellent cool-toned altoist and flutist, while later he became a new age flutist whose mood music is often best used as background music for meditation. Horn started on piano when he was four and switched to alto at the age of 12. After a stint with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra on tenor, Horn was Buddy Collette's replacement with the popular Chico Hamilton Quintet (1956-1958), playing alto, flute, and clarinet. He became a studio musician in Los Angeles, but also found time during 1957-1966 to record cool jazz albums for Dot (later reissued on Impulse), World Pacific, Hi Fi Jazz, Columbia, and RCA, and he participated in a memorable live session with Cal Tjader in 1959. In addition, in 1964, Horn recorded one of the first Jazz Masses, utilizing an orchestra arranged by Lalo Schifrin. In 1967, Paul Horn studied transcendental meditation in India and became a teacher. The following year, he recorded unaccompanied flute solos at the Taj Mahal (where he enjoyed interacting with the echoes), and would go on to record in the Great Pyramid, tour China (1979) and the Soviet Union, record using the sounds of killer whales as "accompaniment," and found his own label Golden Flute. Most of Paul Horn's work since the mid-'70s is focused on new age rather than jazz.
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Paul Horn
Plenty Of Horn


Cd. 1

1 A Soldier’s Dream (Ferguson)  3:42
2 Day By Day (Stordahl, Weston, Cahn)  4:28
3 To A Little Boy (Horn)  4:07
4 Siddartha (Katz)  5:46
5 Pony Tale (Horn)  2:55
6 House Of Horn (Horn)  3:30
7 Sunday, Monday Or Always (Burke, Van Heusen)  3:50
8 The Golden Princess (Katz)  3:31
9 Interlude (Rugolo)  4:38
10 Pony Tale (Horn)  2:50
11 Lover Man (Davis, Sherman, Ramirez)  4:35
12 Mood Improvisation (Horn)  3:49
13 Chloe (Kahn, Moret)  4:47
14 Romanze (Katz)  4:11
15 A Parable (Horn)  4:07


Cd. 2

1 Blues For Tom (Horn)  3:57
2 Yesterdays ( Kern, Harbach)  4:06
3 The Smith Family (Katz, Nordine)  2:42
4 Invitation (Kaper, Webster)  4:06
5 Tellin’ The Truth (Bean)  3:33

Moods For Horn
6 Effervescense (Ferguson)  2:24
7 Reminescense (Ferguson)  3:57
8 Exuberance (Ferguson)  2:07
9 Ebullience (Ferguson)  4:20

10 Give Me The Simple Life (Ruby, Bloom)  7:46
11 Willow Weep For Me (Ronell)  4:22
12 Jive At Five (Basie)  2:56
13 My Old Flame (Johnston, Coslow)  4:28
14 Swedish Pastry (Kessel)  2:50


[Cd. 1, # 1-9] from the album House of Horn, Dot DLP-3091 (1957)
[# 1-4]
Paul Horn - fl, pcl, cl & as
Larry Bunker - vb
Gerry Wiggins - p
David Frisina, Dane Lube - vl
David Sterkin - vla
Fred Katz - cl
John Pisano - g
Red Mitchell - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California ; September 27, 1957
[# 5-9]
Same as above, except
Frisina, Lube, Sterkin are out
Bill Marx - blls, is added
Recorded same place as above ; September 30, 1957
[Cd. 1, # 10-12] from the Stars of Jazz TV show, album Sessions Live, Calliope CAL 3018
Paul Horn - fl, cl & as
Calvin Jackson - p
Fred Katz - p
Hal Gaylor - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded at ABC Studio, Hollywood ; March 10, 1958
[Cd. 1, # 13-15 ; Cd. 2, # 1-3 & 5-9] from the album "Plenty of Horn", Dot DLP-9002 (1958)
[Cd. 1, # 13-15 ; Cd. 2, # 1-5]
Paul Horn - fl, alt fl, pcl, cl & as [Cd. 2, # 1-5
Fred Katz - p
Ray Kramer - cl
Billy Bean - g
Red Mitchell - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Mongo Santamaria - cng
Larry Bunker - clv
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood ; April 10, 1958
[Cd. 2, # 6-9]
Paul Horn - fl, cl & as
Ed Leddy, Ken Bright & Stu Williamson - tp
Vince DeRosa & Dick Perissi - fr hrn
Red Callender - tb
Fred Katz - p
Larry Bunker - vb
Billy Bean - g
Red Mitchell - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood ; April 23, 1958
[Cd. 2, # 10 & 11] from the albums "Down Beat Jazz Concert Vol. 1 & 2", Dot DLP 9003 / Dot DLP 3188
Paul Horn - fl
Dick Katz - p
Don Bagley - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York, Town Hall ; May 16, 1958
[Cd. 2, # 12 & 14] from the Stars of Jazz TV show
Paul Horn - fl, cl & as
Calvin Jackson - p
Fred Katz - cl
Don Payne - b
Gene Estes - dr
Recorded at ABC Studios, Hollywood, California ; September 15, 1958

Paul Horn — who, in Chico Hamilton’s words, was a “man of many reeds and woodwinds” — proves here that he was more concerned with playing music of differing emotional styles than he was in sticking to a certain, well-defined rut.
There is constant change in this set ; ebullience and restraint; soft, provocative swing and bucolic lushness. Everyone does extremely well, supporting and joining Horn in a variety of orchestral settings. Exceptional musicianship, fluidness, sensitivity and a thoughtful approach made these, Paul Horn’s first recordings as a leader, a showcase of the range and the technical prowess of his playing.

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steve said...

Thanks for this Mel . . . I have one of his later works . . . at Taj Mahal I believe; and I had heard that his roots were of a more mainstream variety. Appreciate the listen!

neil said...

Thanks from me, too, mel; I have a couple of his albums from 1961, so interested to hear his earlier stuff...

glinka21 said...

Thanks, Mel. I didn't realize Horn was so adventurous in his jazz at one time, before he got entranced by New Age content.

pedro gamundi said...


Jaffa said...

Thanks, Mel: Much appreciated, indeed !

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel,

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel, for this jolly good post.

Frank said...

Paul Horn was a fine and interesting player back in the day. Thanks for this.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel.

Unknown said...

Melanchthon, Is this link broken? The server that Lix-in points to is broken at rapidshare. This is the holy grail of my paul horn collection.

Anonymous said...

I asked for that link re-up. You vanished. You rise up again like the Phoenix, and the link is here!! Miraculous!! Many, many, many thanks~~~

roberth said...

thanks for this and something blue.
i like his indian explorations as well. his more new age stuff is ok
but not as varied interestingly as his earlier work.

Melanchthon said...


cd. 1

cd. 2

deGallo said...

Tremendous! Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Frank said...

Thanks for this fun and interesting material!