Carl Winters | The Kalimba King

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The Kalimba King

by Carl Winters

The Kalimba (African thumb piano) gives jazz, blues, gospel & hip hop a totally different feeling.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Jazz-Rap
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Kalimba Blues
5:29 album only
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2. Jazz-A-Bet
4:57 album only
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3. We Shall Not Be Moved
4:41 album only
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4. Sugar
5:36 album only
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5. Amazing Grace
4:06 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Carl Winters was born and raised near San Antonio, Texas. In the mid 1950's, after hearing his uncles sing in a gospel quintet called "The Spiritual Five", he was inspired to join the church choir at age 5. Some of his uncles also played the fiddle. During this same time, Texas blues guitar slingers Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddie King and T-Bone Walker were just as much a part of Texas as the Alamo. These elements combined with rhythm & blues, country and mariachi gave Winters a broad music foundation. This diverse foundation continued to broaden thanks to the rich and thriving jazz scene he experienced in Houston while a student at Texas Southern University during the mid 1970's. Suddenly, a spark ignited Winters' musical imagination. That spark came in the form of an Earth, Wind & Fire concert where he witnessed Maurice White, founder and kalimba (African thumb piano) player of the group, get excess mileage from the instrument. Evidently, Winters was not the only one impacted by White's playing. As a matter of fact, kalimba sales skyrocketed across the country as hundreds of Earth, Wind & Fire fans bought and "played" the instrument. But by the late 1970's the rage had faded as so often is the case with music trends.

As for Winters, it had been much more than a trend. Playing the kalimba and studying the instrument's history had become a mission. Thus, the journey began, and after two decades of jamming with various bands, Winters commenced to offer his kalimba expertise to all types of venues including, but not limited to, universities, festivals, public schools and libraries. Winters, who is a member of the International Association for Jazz Education, received his first formal music lesson from music professor Howard Harris. However, Winters does find himself in a rather unique, yet pleasing position. Even though the kalimba is indigenous to parts of Africa, he does not play African music per se. But since he cut his teeth on gospel, blues, jazz and rhythm & blues, these genres always manifestin his playing. Nevertheless, he is quick to add that "African sensibilities a common denominator in everything I play whether it is a standard or original". Winters' sound has been described as funky yet spacey, earthy yet celestial, charismatic yet serene and contemporary yet timeless. We invite you to choose a modifier. But first you must choose to listen.

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Relena Ellis

Kalimba King
Wow! I really did enjoy listening to this cd. It had all that one could look for in music genres. The Kalimba Blues and Jazz-A-Bet knocked it out of the box. As an educator, I can even use some of the music for transition periods when the students go from one activity to another. As a workshop presenter, I also use the cd for background music for the audiences. Great choice.
Keep up the good work!

Relena
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