The Beginning Of Exploration
In 1964 Horacee had the distinct opportunity to join the legendary Bud Powell Trio opening at the famous Birdland jazz club. An experience he calls “The most spectacular point in his career “. I found it difficult to believe music could reach that level of excellence in many ways, indescribable. “I have been hoping for an experience equal to it.Three years earlier (1961-2) Arnold worked with Paul Bley,and Steve Swallow. And pianist Hassan Ibn Ali and bassists Henry Grimes.
Restless to explore other musical styles, Arnold toured Asia with Alvin Ailey’s dance company in 1962, worked with Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba (1963-5), and became seriously interested in different meters, rhythms, and percussive techniques. The music of Burma, India and Africa. During the following years he studied composition with Hy Gubernick and Heiner Stadler, and guitar with Ralph Towner. In 1965-66, and worked Kenny Dorham,Charles Mingus, Richard Davis, and Chick Corea with whom he recorded three albums.