Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Paul Winter Sextet Count Me In Living Music 2012

 

An incredibly short but influential run finds this 50th anniversary anthology celebrating the Paul Winter Sextet's two year run including their famed concert at the White House. 
 
Length of time and competency if not influence do not always go hand in and hand and while this revolutionary ensemble was conceived as sort of a "little" big band, Paul Winter has always taken the musical path looking for the zen like balance one could obtain between the improvised and composed.  Shortly after President Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas the group disbanded but despite their frustration over the tragic events that rocked this country the individual member each went on to distinguish themselves with different bands and solo artist both in and outside the jazz idiom.
 
Pianist Warren Bernhardt's career included playing with such luminaries as Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry and Steely Dan.  Drummer Harold Jones currently gigs with Tony Bennett. Bassist Cecil McBee has enjoyed critical acclaim after stints with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Chet Baker. Trumpet player Marvin Stamm joined the legendary Stan Kenton big band before later becoming a first call free lance artist in New York. Howard Johnson who was the original baritone saxophonist played with such legends as Gil Evans, Jimmy Heath and Hank Crawford.
 
This anthology will hit the streets on Nov. 6, 2012 and include 14 never before released tracks from Count Me In as well as their 1962 concert at the Kennedy White House. The sextet's genesis happened during Winter's time at Northwestern University. After walking away with the 1961 Intercollegiate Jazz Festival title, the band was signed to Columbia by the legendary John Hammond who also signed such acts as Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughn. In 1962 at the recommendation of festival judges Dizzy Gillespie and Hammond, the Paul Winter Sextet set out on a six month tour of 23 countries of Latin America which spawned the invitation from then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to play at the White House. Ironically President Kennedy happened to be a Stan Getz fan so the jazz lineage to the Oval House is certainly nothing new. Towards the end of their time together the band did undergo some personnel changes in an attempt to keep going and those changes are reflected on this historic recording. While fans are certainly familiar with the Paul Winter Consort, Count Me In clearly demonstrates the early genius of Paul Winter and offers a unique perspective on the origin of one of the finest alto players since Charlie Parker.
 
Personnel: Paul Winter: alto sax & soprano sax; Dick Whitsell: trumpet; Les Rout: baritone saxophone; Warren Bernhardt: piano; Richard Evans: bass; Harold Jones: drums; Jay Cameron: baritone saxophone; Chuck Israels: bass; Ben Riley: drums; Cecil McBee: bass (12,13,14,15); Freddie Waits: drums (12,13,14,15); Jeremy Steig: flute; Gene Bertoncini: guitar (13).
 
Tracks: Disc One - A Bum Dance; Papa Zimbi; Casa Camara; Them Nasty Hurtin' Blues; Voce e Eu; Insensatez; Mystery Blues; Chega de Saudade; Routeousness, Count Me In. 
 
The 1962 White House Concert - Bells And Horns, Saudade de Bahia, Casa Camara, Pony Express, Maria Ninguem, Toccata, Count Me In.
 
Disc Two - Cupbearers, Ally, The Sheriff, With Malice Toward None, All Members, Marilia, Suite Port au Prince, New York 19, Quem Quizer, The Thumper, Count Me In, Repeat, Lass From The Low Countrie, Down By The Greenwood Side, We Shall Overcome.  
 
As usual thanks to Jim at Jazz Promo Services!