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Don't know much about Paul Horn? The 83-year-old flutist and saxophonist was a pioneer of mystical or New Age jazz in the late 1960s and beyond. But in the early '60s, Horn was straddling traditional jazz and jazz-classical and beginning to nibble at the avant-garde. Reader Peter Campbell in Cairo, Egypt, sent along YouTube links to a fascinating hour-long Horn documentary, The Story of a Jazz Musician (1962).
The film was produced by David L. Wolper [pictured]an early short-form documentary champion who specialized in packaging tight dramatic stories for television and the shorter attention spans of at-home audiences. A year later in 1963, his documentary based on The Making of the President, 1960 was aired on ABC just after Kennedy's death. Wolper's D-Day June 6, 1944 was considered groundbreaking when it aired in 1962.
In the '70s, Wolper pioneered a new format with even greater successthe mini series. Starting in 1974, Wolper flipped best-selling books into a multiday television extravaganzas. His productions included Lincoln, The Thorn Birds, North and South and Roots. And all of this is just a fraction of Wolper's lifetime of achievement. You'll find more at his official site here. Wolper died in 2010.
For now, a touching look at jazz flutist Paul Horn in 1962, directed by Ed Spiegel...
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.