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    Grammy® Award-winning CRESTONE celebrates Colorado’s San Luis Valley, featuring Apache musician John-Carlos Perea, who sings in the Northern Plains Indian tradition; the voices of Mountain Bluebird, Red-winged Blackbird, Whooping Crane, Meadowlark, Sandhill Cranes, Coyotes, and Buffalo; and the Consort, including Paul Winter on soprano sax, Paul McCandless, oboe and bass clarinet; Eugene Friesen, cello; Glen Velez, percussion, Koji Nakamura, Japanese taiko drum.

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Paul Winter: "On our treks up to North Crestone Lake, I had the privilege of riding perhaps the most remarkable horse I’ve ever known. His name is Cloud and he is of a kind referred to in Colorado as a “mountain pony”. I loved his gentle energy, and marveled at his extraordinary agility on these steep and rocky mountain trails. We had an unforgettable adventure together, coming down the mountain in the dark on our first trip to the Lake in 2005.

Our small group had stayed at the lake too long that afternoon to be able to make the five-hour return journey before nightfall. Soon after we all started down, I dismounted to adjust some gear, and Cloud and I got separated from the others, finding ourselves alone in the gathering dusk. I wasn’t too concerned, as someone had given me a headlamp, and I figured Cloud would know the way home. When it became too dark to see, I tried the headlamp but couldn’t get it to work, so I thought it would be safer to get off and walk with him. I held the bridle tightly, keeping his nose against my shoulder so I could walk just far enough in front of him that he wouldn’t accidentally step on my heel. For three hours, we walked in the pitch-dark, cheek-to-cheek, feeling our way on the path with each step, finally arriving at the trailhead where the others were waiting. Cloud was completely calm during the whole adventure. I have never felt such a bond with an animal as I did, and still do, with this four-legged brother.

This wandering improv is my homage to Cloud.”

Glen Velez l bendir (Moroccan desert drum)


from Crestone, released December 17, 2007
Written by: Paul Winter (Living Earth Music, BMI)

Paul Winter, soprano sax
Glen Velez, bendir (Moroccan desert drum)


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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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