Someone’s Thinking!
Mark Nathanson

The forward thinking fusion movement produced some wonderful discs and had its share of bombs. This incredibly satisfying disc is longgggggg overdue and was a unique entry into the mid-seventies fusion period. Instead of a huge rock drum set, Arnold keeps his foot firmly in the jazz earth playing a small gretch kit, (apparently supplied by Billy Cobham). Yet this is no typical jazz, jazz/rock session. If you squeezed some choice blue note, ECM and world music discs into a juicer you might get this powerful yet lush and beautiful disc. Complex counterpoint and polyrhythms never take away from the music but remind one of the many cultures that walk a rhythm other than 4/4. I especially like the melody lines treated in unison w/ a piccolo on top. The landscape created here is more terrestrial than celestial. A gem – treat yourself!

Selected Quotes

“Like an alchemist Horacee Arnold exhibits the ability to transform rhythm into emotional ideas based on the resolution of time. He continues to be an elegant and translucent performer of the highest order. As percussionist, composer, arranger, painter, he has perfected and integrated his arts on many professional levels. His work is often metaphorical and timeless.
He is a very busy player of the rhythm instrument, one of the many expressions of his talent, is how fluent he is in the array of his art and music, and its emotional impact on the human experience.”

–Ornette Coleman, 2006

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