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Monday, September 24, 2012




MONDAY, JUNE 4, 1962


Commentary © James A. Harrod, Copyright Protected; All Rights Reserved

Paul Horn’s first two albums as leader were on the DOT label and came out in late 1957 (HOUSE OF HORN, DOT DLP3091) and the summer of 1958 (PLENTY OF HORN, DOT DLP3091).  During this time he also recorded with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Chico Hamilton, Fred Katz, Ken Nordine, Skip Martin, Patti Page, John Pisano, Buddy Collette, Don Bagley, Manny Albam, Cal Tjader and others.

The Paul Horn Quintet, his working group around this time, had appeared on the ABC TV series, Stars of Jazz, first on March 10, 1958 when the quintet consisted of Paul Horn, alto sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo; Fred Katz, cello; Calvin Jackson, piano; Harold Gaylor, bass; Mel Lewis, drums.  The second appearance on Stars of Jazz was on September 8, 1958 when the quintet make up was Paul Horn, alto sax, clarinet, flute; Calvin Jackson, piano; Fred Katz, cello; Don Payne, bass; Gene Estes, drums. Selections from these two appearances on Stars of Jazz came out on Calliope Records in their SESSIONS LIVE series in the late 1970s.

His next albums as leader appeared in 1959 on World Pacific (PAUL HORN FOUR - IMPRESSIONS, WP-1266) and hifijazz (SOMETHING BLUE - THE PAUL HORN QUINTET, Hi-Fi Jazz (s) 615) in 1960. His latest album when he taped the Jazz Scene USA show was his first for Columbia Records (THE SOUND OF PAUL HORN, Columbia CL 1677).  The members of the quintet on this program were Paul Horn, alto sax, flute; Paul Moer, piano; Larry Bunker, vibraphone; Victor Gaskin, bass; Milt Turner, drums. The same quintet members would appear later in the fall of 1962 on Frank Evans’ FRANKLY JAZZ, a short lived jazz series that ran on Los Angeles television until it was replaced by the Ray Anthony Show in January of 1963.


The following YouTube video segments are from the David Wolper production, STORY OF A JAZZ MUSICIAN.  The first segment includes a recording studio taping of WITHOUT A SONG (perhaps from the Columbia album).  The last segment has extended footage of the Paul Horn Quintet appearance at Shelly’s Manne-Hole.  Well worth a look.  The last YouTube selection is from the FRANKLY JAZZ show mentioned above with the group performing Paul’s COUNT YOUR CHANGE.

Production credits:
Host: Oscar Brown, Jr.
Executive Producer: Philip Turetsky
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Director: Steve Binder
Associate Producer: Vince Cilurzo
Associate Director: George Turpin
Technical Director: Jim Brady
Lighting Director: Leard Davis
Audio: Larry Eaton
Art Director: Jim Trittipo
Production Assistant: Penny Stewart
Jazz Consultant: John Tynan
Title Films: Grant Velie
Cameras: Bob Dunn, Ed Chaney, Gorman Erickson, Pat Kenny

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