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This is one of those albums that immediately bowls over anyone listening. Paul Winter is notable for a string of excellent instrumental albums, but Prayer for the Wild Things easily qualifies as his best to date, mixing acoustic instrumentation, studio electronics, Native American chant and drumming, the sounds of 22 animal species and more into a gorgeous, shifting collage of music and sound. The album is described as "An Earth Music Celebration of the Northern Rockies Inspired by the wilderness art of Bev Dootlittle." The result is almost 70 minutes of musical grandeur — without one grandiose or pompous moment.

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When was the last time you heard a Heckelphone?

The music here is of the highest quality. It has structure and integrity. It is a touching experience to listen to the entire album. It's other great value is the opportunity to hear often overlooked instruments played amazingly well. Buffalo Prairie is essentially an extended Heckelphone solo, Moose walk provides the same opportunity for the Contrabass Clarinet. There is some amazing playing of more mainstream instuments like Horn (Elk Horns), English Horn (White Goat of the Rockies), and Bassoon (Cougar Bassoon). Very highly recommended for New Age and Classical fans alike.


Born: August 31, 1939 in Altoona, PA

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Winter first came to public prominence in 1961 as the winner of a collegiate jazz festival held at Notre Dame University; one of that event's judges, John Hammond, subsequently signed the group to a Columbia recording contract. In 1962, the band was sent on a State Department tour of Latin America. That venture planted the first seeds of change in Winter's concept. In 1967, he abandoned traditional jazz format in favor of a lineup that featured non-Western instruments. The Paul Winter Consort, as...
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Prayer for the Wild Things, Paul Winter
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: New Age, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Apr 19, 1994

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