Horace Arnold’s a jazz drummer who’s worked with Roland Kirk, malady Charles Mingus, caries Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Stan Getz, the fusion group Return To Forever — basically a huge pedigree. His second of two solo albums, “Tales of the Exonerated Flea”, is crammed with celebrated players, and won’t disappoint for a second. Allmusic sez:

Arnold’s vision was a wide-ranging one and he recruited players form all over the jazz world, from stalwarts like bassist George Mraz and flutist Art Webb, to vanguardists like Sonny Fortune, to hardcore fusion players like Weather Report’s master percussionist Dom Um Romao, the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s bassist Rick Laird, and keyboardist Jan Hammer. As if this weren’t enough, Arnold even reached into ECM’s roster and signed up their two iconoclastic guitarists Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie. The end result is one of the most fascinating, soulful and truly successful albums of the entire genre. What one hears in listening to Tales of the Exonerated Flea is a cast of players who are seeking to open up both rock and jazz to new modes of expression. There are no sterile chops or elongated knotty passages that serve neither rhythm nor harmony. What’s happening here is real fusion, of style, language, color, rhythm, harmonic and melodic concepts as well as dynamics.

Horace Arnold – “Tales Of The Exonerated Flea” (ZIP file)

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642 Responses to HORACE ARNOLD

  1. Jim says:

    Wow, what a gem — who knew? Well, obviously YOU did!

  2. paul says:

    Really enjoyed this! Up there with Nicholas and Gallivan with Larry Young’s “Love Cry Want” as far as fusion albums I would never have heard were it not for great blogs like yours!

    Gotta go listen to the Moebius record you just posted! Later!

  3. fred says:

    wow! i love this lp, good to be able to hear it again and put it my my sad ipod. i have this on vinyl thousands of miles away in storage and i haven’t heard it for just over 10 years. i bought it it at a record fair purely based on how great the lp cover looked. imagine my suprise when the needle dropped on this outstanding record, i played it so many times i’m suprised i didnt wear a hole in it. thanks for making this fine peace of music available…it’s hard to find but oh so rewarding!