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Shortly after, Horace moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, down on the southern most point of L.A., overlooking the Pacific. 34 years later, he's now high atop the Malibu Peninsula, L.A.'s northern most point. He's watching the metaphysics of the waves of the blue Pacific and still composing his ever true love---Lady Music; Rockin' With Rachmaninoff (Bop City, 2003) is his latest CD.
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.