Paul Winter Sextet: Count Me In (2013)
A multi-Grammy Award winner who, in addition to founding the Living Music label, has led several groups including the renowned Paul Winter Consort, Winter brought this Chicago-based band together during the alto saxophonist's time at Northwestern University, winning the 1961 Intercollegiate Jazz Festival award. The ensemblewhose swinging sound brought the flavor of bossa nova to new American audienceswas later signed by Columbia Records, releasing five albums through the end of 1963, when it ultimately disbanded.
This two-CD setfeaturing a variety of personnel in two different sextets, with trumpeter Dick Whitsell and pianist Warren Bernhardt participating in bothincludes three distinct versions of bassist Richard Evans' title track, Bernhardt's ten-minute suite ("Suite Port au Prince"), several Brazilian pieces ("Voce e Eu," "Insensatez," "Chega de Saudade" and "Saudade de Bahia"), and a host of all around straight jazz originals from members of the band and more famous artists like saxophonist Jimmy Heath and pianist John Lewis.
With more than two full hours of great music, Count Me In not only relives an historic musical event, but provides some of the best moments from The Paul Winter Sextet's brief two-year existence and is a treasure trove of good old fashioned jazz, performed with swing, swagger and a touch of class.
Track Listing: CD1: A Bun Dance; Papa Zimbi; Casa Camara; Them Nasty Hurtin' Blues; Voce e Eu; Insensatez; Mystery Blues; Chega de Saudade; Routeousness; Count Me In; Bells and Horns; Saudade de Bahia; Casa Camara; Pony Express; Maria Ninguem; Toccata; Count Me In. CD2: 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.
Personnel: Paul Winter: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone (CD2); Dick Whitesell: trumpet; Les Rout: baritone saxophone (CD1); Warren Bernhardt: piano; Richard Evans: bass (CD1); Harold Jones: drums (CD1); Jay Cameron: baritone saxophone (CD2); Chuck Israels: bass (CD2#1-11, CD2#13); Ben Riley: drums (CD2#1-11, CD2#13); Cecil McBee: bass (CD2#12, CD2#14-15); Freddie Waits: drums (CD2#12, CD2#14-15); Jeremy Steig: flute (CD2#13); Gene Bertoncini: guitar (CD2#13).
Record Label: Self Produced