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Paul Winter: Greatest Hits (Special Edition) [Enhanced CD]
Paul Winter
Paul Winter: Greatest Hits (Special Edition) [Enhanced CD]
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2

Saxophonist Paul Winter isn't the kind of artist you associate with "greatest hits." He has, however, won a few Grammies, been associated with some memorable compositions, and almost single-handedly launched the world cham...  more »


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All Artists: Paul Winter
Title: Paul Winter: Greatest Hits (Special Edition) [Enhanced CD]
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Living Music
Original Release Date: 10/27/1998
Release Date: 10/27/1998
Album Type: Enhanced, Box set
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Meditation
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 010488150326

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Saxophonist Paul Winter isn't the kind of artist you associate with "greatest hits." He has, however, won a few Grammies, been associated with some memorable compositions, and almost single-handedly launched the world chamber music movement, spawning the careers of Oregon, David Darling, Glen Velez, and many others. Over the course of his nearly 40 years of recordings, soprano saxophonist Paul Winter has explored a world of sound, literally. His group, the Paul Winter Consort, was created as an umbrella for Renaissance airs, jazz improvisation, Indian rhythms, and classical repertoire in an elegant, always melodic sound. Greatest Hits spans the years from 1972 and, in a bit of hubris, the future. A couple of his "greatest hits" haven't even been released yet. Greatest Hits covers a career remarkable for its all- embracing scope. The sambas of guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves have been a favorite of the saxophonist, and he re-arranges the Winter Consort theme song, "Icarus," a la Brazil. The frame drumming of Glen Velez percolates through a couple of tunes from Canyon, and original Riverdance piper Davy Spillane guests on a pair of pieces from the forthcoming Celtic Solstice album. Winter plays duets with wolves, Grand Canyon echoes, humpback whales, and Paul Halley's pipe organ. Currently available as a double CD, it's the second disc that contains many of Winter's classic tunes in their original incarnation, including the aforementioned "Icarus." It also samples music from other artists on Paul Winter's Living Music label. In addition, this is an enhanced CD with a slide show history of Paul Winter including voice clips, music, and propaganda for Winter's environmental concerns and music. These may not be "greatest hits," but this is a great survey from one of the important musicians in modern instrumental music. --John Diliberto

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Luminous! A terrific overview of Winter's work!
Brianna Neal | USA | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 2-CD set offers a sampling of the innovative and varied work of saxophonist Paul winter, the Paul Winter Consort, and various colleagues they've recorded with through the decades. The collection itself is well-chosen and well-arranged, with a wonderful energy about it that builds and carries, sings and soars, and constantly reinvents itself. Elements of jazz, ethnic and chamber music blend into styles all their own, defying categorization to the point that new terms have had to be invented over the years for the Winter consort's repertoire, such as "world chamber music" and "cathedral blues". What I like most about Paul Winter's recordings are the seamless combinations of instruments and sounds from strikingly different cultures and musical styles. I mean, where else can you hear a trio for Uilleann pipes, soprano saxophone and the pipe organ of the world's largest cathedral? An unlikely combination, and yet it works beautifully in the hands of these talented improvisational masters, sensitive enough both to their own instruments and to each other's that they are easily able to stretch limits and blur boundaries. On these recordings, many other instrumentalists mix and match their talents as well: players of jazz staples like guitar, piano, bass and drums; classical masters of cello, flute, oboe and French horn; vocalists; and players of bansuri flute, tanpura, and an array of world percussion. The most unusual of all the musical collaborators would have to be the whales and wolves, whose recorded voices don't just add background ambience but actually create melodies to which harmony, descant and rhythm are then added for a truly unique and pleasing effect. It is amazing how well Winter's fluid soprano saxophone can mimic and complement the calls of both animals. Ultimately, however, this is not music that merely seeks to be unusual; it is eminently listenable--ranging in tone from rousingly joyous to calming and gently transporting. Even better, these are musical compositions--constantly adding layers and moods, blending new elements in and out, never just boring repetitions of simple riffs and phrases. Do yourself a favor and check out Paul Winter and friends! They are masters of their craft, continually forging new frontiers. This collection of their work is a good place to start; it has power, depth, and will surely whet your appetite for more!"
Ghost | Massachusetts | 05/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are looking for your soul this is the music you must listen to"
Soul stirring!
James S. Jenkins | Seattle, WA | 10/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a fellow composer, performer and musician, I am deeply moved by your marvelous works. They no doubt come from deep within your soul just as all great artists have discovered as they followed their hearts. I commend your efforts and wish you every success.

Jim Jenkins
The Lotus Co.
Seattle, WA"