Selected Quotes

Horacee Arnold, The Alchemist Percussionist

“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

“Last night a quartet came together that bears watching…The opening piece “Moments Notice” was notable for a marathon statement by Alex Foster (tenor) and the straight ahead drumming of Horacee Arnold.”

–Royal Stokes, Washington Post

“Mr. Arnold on drums was imaginatively responsible…in range of variety and background, and Mr. [Calvin] Hill with solos that were reflective of his [Mr. Arnold’s] direction.”

–John S. Wilson, New York Times

“Mr. Arnold’s drumming has roots in the be-bop of Kenny Clarke and Max Roach. But he has adapted be-bop drumming to the styles that followed be-bop, retaining lightness and economy while investigating a more open-ended music. Mr. Arnold an Elegant and Translucent drummer was the most thoughtful soloist.”

–Jon Pareles, New York Times

“He can swing, and his work shows intelligence, in solos and accompaniment. The group has the power to excite; there is assured love of playing.”

–Ira Gitler, Down Beat

“Horacee Arnold now is another matter entirely, terrific…well deserved reaction, request, the whole shot. The American Eye is Watching you.”

Walrus, Chicago

“[TRIBE] is a beautiful record, offering superb Afro-Latin accompaniment…Five stars.”
The Rolling Stone Record Guide
“TALES OF THE EXONERATED FLEA…featuring excellent performances…Five stars”
The Rolling Stone Record Guide