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Paul Horn Dies at 84

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West Coast woodwind player Paul Horn, whose skills at saxophone, clarinet, and flute were influential in cool jazz ensembles and part of the foundation of World jazz in the ’60s, died on June 29. He was 84.

Horn joined the Chico Hamilton Quintet in 1956, appearing in the film Sweet Smell of Success along with the group. Horn established himself as a studio musician and appeared on a diverse number of records, from Paul Weston’s Floatin’ Like a Feather to Henry Mancini’s More Music From Peter Gunn.  By 1964, Horn had begun recording albums of World music like Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts  and Paul Horn in India (1967).

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