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A hymn is simply a song of praise. With this one, composer Denny Zeitlin would like listeners to feel free to choose their own reverence.

Playing this haunting ballad of Denny’s, I feel his deep sense of respect for the melodic and harmonic lineage of jazz, with which both Denny and I grew up. And to me, this composition, with its eloquent journey of modulations through different keys, is worthy of Bach.

(Dedication: to I. M. Pei, architect of the Miho Museum, where this piece was recorded)


from Light of the Sun (High​-​Fidelity Audio), released November 13, 2020
Written by Denny Zeitlin
(Double Helix Music, BMI)

Paul Winter / soprano sax
Denny Zeitlin / piano

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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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