Paul Winter

Posted: June 9, 2008 in music
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A friend on Last.FM just recommended Paul Winter to me. I have to admit I had not heard of him. It’s not like he’s a newcomer, heck he’s older than me. But if he’s still playing like this I’m thinking he has a bit more puff than me.

Paul Winter (born August 31, 1939 in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is an American saxophonist (alto and soprano saxophone), and is a six-time Grammy Award winner.
In 1961, while Winter was in college at Northwestern University, the Paul Winter Sextet won the Intercollegiate Jazz Festival and was signed by Columbia Records.
The next year, the band toured Latin America as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department, playing 160 concerts in 23 countries. The Sextet was also the first jazz band to perform at the White House.
Winter returned to Brazil in the mid-1960s and his interest in Brazilian music and the emerging bossa nova led to the 1965 release of the album Rio, with liner notes by Vinicius de Moraes.
After Winter’s band changed its name to the Paul Winter Consort in the late 1960s, it contributed to the development of world music and space music. The Consort’s 1972 release, Icarus, was produced by George Martin. Most of the musicians who worked on this album went on to form the jazz group Oregon. The Consort has continued over the years with different musicians.

I really liked these two pieces and also his piece you can listen to on Last.FM called Canyon Chaconne.

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