Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Horacee Arnold - 1973 - Tribe

Horacee Arnold 

01. Tribe
02. Banyan Dance
03. Forest Games
04. Orchards Of Engedi
05. The Actor
06. Professor Moriarty
07. 500 Miles High

Bass – George Mraz
Congas, Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
Drums – Horacee Arnold
Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Joe Farrell
Tenor Saxophone – Billy Harper
Twelve-String Guitar – Ralph Towner
Vibraphone, Marimba, Xylophone, Percussion – David Friedman

Horace Emmanuel Arnold, or Horacee Arnold (born September 25, 1937) is an American jazz drummer. He was born in Wayland, Kentucky.

Arnold first began playing drums in 1957 in Los Angeles while he held a position in the Coast Guard. In 1959, he began performing as "Horacee" when he joined a big band led by David Baker (composer); he also played with Roland Kirk and Charles Mingus that year. In 1960 he became the drummer in a trio with Cecil McBee and Kirk Lightsey.

In the 1960s he worked both in jazz (with pianist and Composer Hasaan Ibn Ali and Henry Grimes, and in 1964 with The Bud Powell Trio at Birdland) and in dance, as part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance company on a tour of Asia. Later in the 1960s, he played with Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba; following this he studied composition under Heiner Stadler, Hy Gubenick, and classical guitar with Ralph Towner. In 1967 he founded his own ensemble, The Here and Now Company, in which Sam Rivers, Karl Berger, Joe Farrell, and Robin Kenyatta.

In the 1970s Arnold became one of the best-known jazz fusion drummers, playing with Return to Forever, Stan Getz, Archie Shepp, and Billy Harper in addition to releasing two of his own solo albums. Later in the 1970s he formed a three-ensemble called Colloquium III with Billy Hart and Freddie Waits. In the 1980s Arnold went on to teach at William Paterson College, in addition to working as a session musician and playing with Kenny Burrell, he formed a trio that featured Dave Friedman and Anthony Cox.

Horacee Arnold is a musician who has been off the radar for many years, but he recorded a couple of nice albums for Columbia back in the 1970's which are available again. Here he got some of the finest young talent around, many of whom went on to long and distinguished musical careers (and all of whom became much more famous than Mr. Arnold did). Joe Farrell brings to this session what he brought to the first RTF band and gives it much of the same feel. Billy Harper plays with his usual fire and sounds as ever like no one but Billy Harper. Then there is the great guitarist Ralph Towner and the very fine vibist David Friedman, who somehow didn't reach Burton or Hutcherson-type fame but not because he didn't have that kind of talent. Very nice album, one that I will come back to.