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The Renowned Album by the Original Paul Winter Consort
Produced by George Martin

This is a classic Consort album whose title song has become the group's signature piece. Produced by Beatles' mentor George Martin, who describes it as "the finest album I've ever made."

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Amazon Essential Recording –
"This 1972 classic captures saxophonist Paul Winter and his ensemble at the height of their improvisational powers. Winter was one of the first artists to incorporate such exotic instruments as the sitar and tabla into his music and the result was memorable chamber jazz-folk played in the wonderfully experimental, post-hippie way only Winter and his merry band could. The title track, one of guitarist Ralph Towner's compositions, became famous for its pensive melody and soaring soprano sax. "Whole Earth Chant" is a piece that foreshadows New Age artists like Loreena McKennitt with its echoing tribal drums interwoven with ominous distorted guitar. And "Minuit" downright borders on what today some would call world music--it features a choir of voices singing a simple, sauntering melody taken from a Guinean folk song. Classic early '70s Winter." --Karen Karleski

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released 01 January 1972

THE CONSORT
Paul Winter - soprano sax, vocals
David Darling - cello, vocals
Paul McCandless - oboe, English horn, contrabass Sarrusophone, vocals
Ralph Towner - classical guitar, 12-string guitar, piano, Regal, bush organ, vocals
Herb Bushler - bass
Collin Walcott - conga, tabla, mridangam, surdos, traps, kettledrums, bass marimba, sitar

FRIENDS OF THE CONSORT
Andrew Tracey - resonator guitar, voice ('Minuit')
Billy Cobham - traps ('Sunwheel', 'Whole Earth Chant')
Milt Holland - Ghanaian percussion ('Whole Earth Chant')
Larry Atamanuik - traps ('Icarus')
Barry Altschul - random percussion ('Chehalis and Other Voices') Janet Johnson, Paul Stookey, Bob Milstein - voices ('Minuit')

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Paul Winter Litchfield

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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