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Paul Gabriel Winston

Don Byron
Don Byron

Paul “Spazzy” Winston played his first jazz engagement in Cuernavaca, Mexico at an adobe café called El Bombín. The building had a canvas roof; Winston still gets nostalgic when he remembers how the sunken dance floor would flood when it rained. Returning to the states, he composed “Dancing at Bombín” and “Vico-Vico” to commemorate those days. Bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Joe Chambers recorded the compositions with Paul in New York; several years later. “Reckless” was added to the repertoire of recorded originals, with Ron Carter filling in for McBee.

Winston’s performing career gained impetus after he got steady work at Londel’s Supper Club in Harlem. At that time the band was composed of Winston, Brian Smith, a seasoned bassist from the Lionel Hampton and “Philly Joe” Jones bands, and Ibrahim Saadiq, who had been the house drummer at The Savoy Lounge.

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