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This new young tenorist was born and bred in New Orleans. He took up the clarinet at 11 and by age 13 was playing clubs with local pros. As with so many others, the music of Charlie Parker inspired him to switch to sax. At the University of New Orleans he studied with noted patriarch Ellis Marsalis, among others, and has toured the US and Europe with both modernand traditional New Orleans bands.
"Perspectives" is his debut CD, released in 2001 on Curious Cat Records with a group of fine local musicians. There's some great energy in here, notably on the opening "Softly," the CD's peak, which is anything but soft and swings like mad, the bright and sassy "Four in One," and the second-line grooving on Geoff Keezer's rarely-covered "Proclamation." All supporting players are solid throughout, and pianist Torkanowky really wails on "Softly." Winther has a strong, warm, somewhat dark tone, and his lines are direct and uncluttered. He delivers "Body and Soul" in a straight, deliberate manner with no surprises. Up-tempo tunes seem to suit him better, like his own jaunty "Erin's Song." He also wrote the intriguing title track, which has an exotic, Middle-Eastern flavor, and a fine solo by trumpeter Gambrell. It's a promising debut, available at www.christianwinther.com .
Track Listing: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Four in One, Monkey Puzzle, Body and Soul, Proclamation,
Magnolia Triangle, Erin's Song, Perspectives
Personnel: Christian Winther (tenor sax), Antonio Gambrell (trumpet), David Torkanowsky (piano), David
Pulphus (bass), Troy Davis (drums), Tim Stambaugh (engineer)
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com