Count Me In

by Paul Winter Sextet

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    Two-disc 50th Anniversary Anthology CD with a 32-page booklet and 14 never-released tracks, including their historic concert at the Kennedy White House.

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50th Anniversary Anthology with 12 never-released tracks, including their historic concert at the Kennedy White House

“Exuberant Music of an Extraordinary Time”

The Paul Winter Sextet emerged in Chicago during Paul’s years at Northwestern University. After winning the 1961 Intercollegiate Jazz Festival, the band was signed to Columbia Records by legendary producer John Hammond. In 1962 the Sextet recorded its first three albums, and, on recommendation from Festival judges Dizzy Gillespie and Hammond, was sent by the State Department on a six-month tour of 23 countries of Latin America.

The success of this tour led to an invitation from First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to play at the White House. The Sextet’s performance in the East Room on November 19, 1962, happened to be the first-ever jazz concert in the White House. The group continued to tour and record throughout 1963, and made their final album during the week of President Kennedy’s assassination. Then, numbed by that tragedy, and discouraged by what they felt was the end of that optimistic era, the Sextet disbanded and the players went on to other pursuits – the drummer eventually to Count Basie’s band, the bassist to Ahmad Jamal’s trio, the trumpet player to medical school, the baritone saxist to teach at Michigan State, and Paul to Brazil, to resume his exploration of the world’s music.

“The Sextet was conceived as a kind of little ‘big band,’” says Paul, “and with our instrumentation of three horns and rhythm, it has quite a different sound from that of the Paul Winter Consort, which people have known me for during the last several decades. But on a primary level, it’s all the same lineage: a spirit of celebration, in the democracy of ensemble, aspiring toward a balance between the improvised and the composed.”

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released 06 November 2012

Disc I - (tracks 1-17)
Paul Winter / alto sax
Dick Whitsell / trumpet
Les Rout / baritone sax
Warren Bernhardt / piano
Richard Evans / bass
Harold Jones / drums

Disc II - (tracks 18-32)
Paul Winter / alto & soprano sax
Dick Whitsell / trumpet
Jay Cameron / baritone sax
Warren Bernhardt / piano
Chuck Israels / bass*
Ben Riley / drums*

*Cecil McBee / bass and
Freddie Waits / drums on tracks 12, 14 & 15

Jeremy Steig / flute and
Gene Bertoncini / guitar on track 13

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Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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