- 01 Connections - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 02 Shared Secrets - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 03 After the Rain - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 04 Windwalker - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 05 Fantasy Flights - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 06 Tao Home Blues - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 07 Thigh Ch'I - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 08 Touchstone - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 09 Amber Light - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
- 10 Callings - Sample Paul Horn & Steven Halpern 1:30
CONNECTIONS is the historic recording that brought together these two founding fathers of New Age music.
Reflecting their jazz and meditative backgrounds, the music ranges from inspired, completely improvised duets to more dynamic rhythmic grooves fleshed out with percussion and electric bass.
On the duets their interplay feels like a dance, with each listening and responding to the other. With no rehearsal, they tuned in to the magic of the moment.
You’ll notice the amazing luminous tone of Paul’s glorious golden flute, audibly outshining any silver model. He also plays alto flute, as well as the exotic bass flute, on “Shared Secrets”. On two of the final tracks, he plays soprano sax and Chinese bamboo flute (Ti-Tze).
The full ensemble is featured on five tunes. “Tao Home Blues” infuses the subtle nuances of space and silence to transcend the boundaries of the familiar 12-bar blues format. “Thigh Ch’I” is based on a Nigerian fertility rhythm that offers ‘sound evidence’ that music, like love, speaks a universal language.
On “Fantasy Flight”, Paul melodically evokes some of the exotic locations, like the Taj Mahal, that he has recorded in. He then magically plays two parts at once in real time (with the aid of his trusty digital sampler) to create one of the most breathtaking solo performances ever recorded.
A few notes on ‘connecting’ with Paul Horn
I first heard Paul Horn’s masterpiece, INSIDE (recorded in the Taj Mahal) late one night after my band had performed a deeply meditative concert in Buffalo, New York. In the summer of 1969, we used reel-to-reel tape recorders to create spacey echo effects. My friends and I were listening to the university radio station, and at first thought someone had bootlegged our concert. Then we heard an exotic male voice, and knew it wasn’t us.
As Paul tells the story, this ‘unauthorized’ recording was never intended to be released as an album. His manager thought it might discredit him as a jazz musician. It became an underground hit among meditators, but was always hard to find. Back then, record stores did not have a ‘New Age’ section.
Years later, after I had recorded my first album, I met Paul and invited him to join me on my new record label. The timing wasn’t right, but several years thereafter, he got back in touch with me. The time was now right.
Like most jazz musicians, Paul is a highly trained and intuitive improviser. We agreed that our album would be half duets, and half with a rhythm section of bass and drums.
Rather than spend time and energy writing arrangements and rehearsing, we wanted to play and record live.
When the session began, Paul and I meditated together for a moment. We took a deep breath, and I said, “Let’s do the first song in D minor. Follow me. I’ll follow you on the second song.”
There was an electric energy in the air as the level of intuitive improvisation took us on a journey that we hope you will enjoy as well.
These songs are all first takes, with very little overdubbing or editing.
More about Paul Horn
When he visited the Taj Mahal, he was struck by the extraordinary acoustics. He snuck a tape recorder inside and recorded his solo flute, as well as the chanting of the security guard. Never intended for public release, especially by a jazz musician, the album became a bit of an underground hit amongst mediators and then essentially vanished.
With the rise of a new genre focused on spiritual upliftment, meditation, health and healing, Inside was re-launched into the new marketplace. Paul subsequently recorded his Inside series of recordings in the Great Pyramid in Egypt, in cathedrals, and within the walls of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.