Monday, October 22, 2012

Paul Horn - The Altitude of the Sun

For "The Altitude of the Sun", recorded in 1976 and produced by Teo Nacero, Horn introduced to American listeners the compositions, arrangements and performances of Egberto Gismonti, a brilliant guitarist/pianist from Rio de Janeiro who later went on to record several solo albums of his own for the ECM label.
For "Paul Horn & Nexus", recorded in 1975, flutist Paul Horn joied forces with Nexus, a touring group of percussionists and musical instrument collectors who hailed from Toronto, Canada. Though inspired improvisations, Horn and his friends created an emotionally potent and stylistically diverse album that colorfully merged strong, earthy rhythms eith cultural influences from South America, Africa, India, Tibet and the U.S.A. - from the liner notes

Artist: Paul Horn Featuring Egberto Gismonti and Nexus
Album: The Altitude of the Sun
Year: 1975-76
Label: Black Sun (1989)
Runtime: 78:09

1.  Danca das Cabecas (Head Dance) (Egberto Gismonti) 7:10
2.  Bodas de Prata (Silver Wedding) (Egberto Gismonti) 8:08
3.  Altura do Sol (The Alititude of the Sun) (Egberto Gismonti) 3:23
4.  Carmo (Egberto Gismonti) 2:38
5.  Tango (Egberto Gismonti) 5:14
6.  Quarup (Worship Ceremony) (Egberto Gismonti) 4:49
7.  Parque Laje (A Park In Rio) (Egberto Gismonti) 3:33
8.  Salvador (Egberto Gismonti) 5:07
9.  Somba (Paul Horn and Nexus) 5:11
10.  Friendship (Paul Horn and Nexus) 2:07
11.  Nexus (Paul Horn and Nexus) 5:19
12.  Mbira (Paul Horn and Nexus) 3:52
13.  Latin Tala (Paul Horn and Nexus) 2:46
14.  African Funeral Song (Paul Horn and Nexus) 4:57
15.  Eastern Star (Paul Horn and Nexus) 4:37
16.  Dharma (Paul Horn and Nexus) 6:10
17.  Capetown (Paul Horn and Nexus) 2:58

Paul Horn (Flutes, Piccolo, Clarinet and Alto Saxophone)
Egberto Gismonti (Piano and Acoustic Guitar) - 1-8
Roberto Silva (Drums and Percussion) - 1-8
Ron Carter (Double Bass) - 1-8
Don Salvador (Electric Piano) - 1-8
Dom Um Romao (Percussion) - 1-8
Robert Becker (Percussion) - 9-17
William Cahn (Percussion) - 9-17
Robin Engleman (Percussion) - 9-17
Russell Hartenburger (Percussion) - 9-17
John Wyre (Percussion) - 9-17
Michael Craden (Percussion) - 9-17


  1. I only have my deep gratitude for this post an whole your blog!

  2. Link point to a Duke Ellington CD. Any hints to the Paul Horn CD.

  3. Thanks for correction, happy holidays.



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