Reviews that mention Richard Evans

December 3, 2013

The Paul Winter Sextet

Count Me In 1962 & 1963
Living Music LMU-44

By Ken Waxman

Long before New Age/World Music become a genre; and saxophonist Paul Winter’s Consort organized its Annual Winter Solstice festival; he led a dynamic sextet that attained unprecedented popularity. This two-CD set including 14 previously unreleased tracks, is a vibrant souvenir of that group, not only the first jazz band to play at the White House, but one of the first US purveyors of the bossa nova.

Although the sextet’s prominence came after winning an intercollegiate jazz showcase, each member was already a professional, or about to become one. Winter had been leading bands since his teens; trumpeter Dick Whitsell had a firm grounding in modern jazz; pianist Warren Bernhardt became a go-to studio cat; original bassist Richard Evans became a producer/arranger; replacement Chuck Israels was with Bill Evans; founding drummer Harold Jones became a Basie linchpin and the next, Bill Riley, worked with Thelonious Monk. The band’s first baritone saxophonist Les Rout became an academic, but the next, Jay Cameron, was a big band veteran. MORE