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Whooper Dance

from Crestone by Paul Winter

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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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Majestic soaring birds, Cranes are among the oldest species on Earth, with a 65 million year lineage. The Whooping Crane is the tallest bird in North America, and one of the rarest. It has become a national symbol of efforts to recover endangered species, having returned from the brink of extinction, increasing from only fifteen individuals in 1941 to several hundred today. In past years, a handful of Whoopers have come through the San Luis Valley among the tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes on their annual migration. Whooping Cranes engage in elaborate courtship dances, and their duet calls, from which the common name of the species probably derives, also function in pairing and pair-bond maintenance. Paul McCandless plays homage to their ancient rituals.


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

Whooping Cranes
Paul McCandless l oboe
Paul Winter l keyboard


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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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