While nobody may have wanted to include a French horn on the song "Freebird", the instrument has actually shown up on a fair number of popular recordings, its distinct sound considered a guaranteed deliverer of smooth strokes. That has been good news for Robert Henderson, a French horn player who has worked in Los Angeles studios since the early '70s, when he began showing up on ambitious, sometimes even overblown projects by artists such as David Ackles and Judy Collins.
Of course any French horn player would have to have a life outside the recording studios, as it is not even worth pretending that there is enough use of the instrument in popular culture to sustain a fulltime livelihood. This artist's activity in the classical world includes membership in groups such as the Westwood Wind Quintet and the Double Reed Ensemble, both specializing in contemporary works by composers such as Luciano Berio. Henderson should not be confused with a motley assortment of other musicians with the same name including tenor sax tooters, trumpet blowers and a singing pianist.