Paul Winter Consort

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Paul Winter, a pioneer in playing world music and what would become new age, is a bit underrated as a talent scout. This version of his Winter Consort consists of cellist David Darling (a future ECM star) and four musicians who would soon break away to form Oregon: guitarist Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless (heard here on oboe and English horn), bassist Glen Moore, and Colin Walcott on tabla and percussion. With what was arguably his finest group on this CD reissue, Paul Winter takes some fine spots on alto and soprano and leads the colorful folk-oriented ensembles. It is a pity he could not have kept this band together longer.

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