Paul Horn (musician)
March 17, 1930|
New York City, New York
June 29, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Instruments||Flute, clarinet, saxophone|
|Associated acts||R. Carlos Nakai|
- Biography 1
- As leader 2.1
- As sideman 2.2
- Filmography 3
- References 4
- External links 5
Horn began playing the piano at the age of four, the clarinet at ten, and the saxophone at twelve. He studied the clarinet and flute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, earning a bachelor's degree. He gained a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Moving to Los Angeles he played with Chico Hamilton's quintet from 1956 to 1958 and became an established West Coast session player he played on the Duke Ellington Orchestra's Suite Thursday and worked with Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and others. He scored the 1959 series Clutch Cargo.
Horn's Quintet produced jazz albums for Columbia and RCA Victor up until 1966. Horn became a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.He attended training at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram along with The Beatles on their 1968 trip to India. Following his experiences in India Horn's recordings moved from jazz to world and new-age music.
In 1970, he moved with his two sons Marlen and Robin from his first marriage to Lilian Yvonne Jourdan, and second wife Tryntje Baum to Victoria, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. He formed his own quintet and recorded film scores for the National Film Board of Canada.
He was known for his innovations on both metal and traditional wooden flutes. Best known of his albums are his "Inside" recordings, which feature airy, echoing sounds created in places of spiritual importance. The series began with Horn sneaking a tape recorder into the Taj Mahal during a trip to India in 1968, (released as Inside) He was also with the Beatles at Rishikesh in the same year and continued later with recordings inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, and a return to the Taj Mahal in 1989. Horn later made similar recordings in a cathedral, in the canyons of the Southwestern United States with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, and with orcas .
In 1998 he was able to record within the walls of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Horn was the first westerner to be granted permission to perform inside this massive structure, considered the spiritual nexus of Tibetan Buddhism. Horn returned to Tibet in 2003 to film on the holy Mount Kailash, where he scattered the ashes of his former travelling companion, Buddhist monk Lama Tenzin.
While well practiced as a jazz musician, many of his works defy such categorization. As well as the Inside series, he recorded other albums of jazz with musicians from a range of cultures and backgrounds including China and Africa.
- House of Horn (Dot, 1957)
- Plenty of Horn (Dot, 1958)
- Impressions! (World Pacific, 1959)
- Something Blue (HiFi Jazz, 1960)
- The Sound of Paul Horn (Columbia, 1961)
- Profile of a Jazz Musician (Columbia, 1962)
- Impressions of Cleopatra (Columbia, 1963)
- Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts (RCA Victor, 1964) written, arranged and conducted by Lalo Schifrin
- Cycle (RCA Victor, 1965)
- Here's That Rainy Day (RCA Victor, 1966)
- Monday, Monday (RCA Victor, 1966) arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson
- Paul Horn In India (1967, World Pacific)
- Paul Horn In Kashmir (1967, World Pacific)
- Inside (1969, Epic) (also known as Inside the Taj Mahal)
- Inside II, (1972)
- Visions (1974)
- The Altitude of the Sun (1975)
- Special Edition (1975)
- Nexus (1975)
- Inside the Great Pyramid (1976)
- Dream Machine (1978)
- Riviera Concert (1980)
- China (1981)
- Inside the Cathedral (1983)
- Traveler (1985)
- Sketches: A Collection, selections from the Golden Flute series (1986) (Lost Lake Arts/Windham Hill)
- The Peace Album (1988) – music for Christmas
- Brazilian Images (1989)
- Inside the Taj Mahal, Volume 2 (1989)
- Nomad (1990)
- Africa (1994)
- Music (1997)
- Inside Canyon de Chelly (1997) – with R. Carlos Nakai
- Inside Monument Valley (1999) – with Nakai
- Tibet: Journey to the Roof of the World (2000)
- Imprompture (2001)
- Journey Inside Tibet (2001)
With Lorez Alexandria
- More of the Great Lorez Alexandria (Impulse!, 1964)
With Nat King Cole
- L-O-V-E (Capitol, 1965)
With Buddy Collette
With Duke Ellington
- Swinging Suites by Edward E. and Edward G. (Columbia, 1960)
With Chico Hamilton
- Chico Hamilton Quintet (Pacific Jazz, 1957)
- Sweet Smell of Success (Decca, 1957)
- South Pacific in Hi-Fi (World Pacific, 1958)
- Ellington Suite (World Pacific, 1959)
- The Three Faces of Chico (Warner Bros., 1959)
With Fred Katz
- Zen: The Music of Fred Katz (Pacific Jazz, 1957)
- Soul° Cello (Decca, 1958)
- Folk Songs for Far Out Folk (Warner Bros., 1958)
With Shelly Manne
- My Fair Lady with the Un-original Cast (Capitol, 1964)
With Ken Nordine
With Lalo Schifrin
- Gone with the Wave (Colpix, 1964)
- Sweet Smell of Success (1957) (with the Chico Hamilton Quintet)
- A Bucket of Blood (1959) (saxophone solo intro)
- The Rat Race (1960) (musician)
- The New Three Stooges (1965) (main title and end credits theme)
- "Early Years". Paul Horn Music. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Times ColonistObituary in
- "California Cool Jazz". Paul Horn Music. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "India and Beyond". Paul Horn Music. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "Inside Paul Horn". Paul Horn Music. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Horn at the Internet Movie Database website