Evergreen musical material from Santana trumpeter Bill Ortiz, via our friends over at Revivalist, here’s what they had to say about this collaborative cover of the Gil Scott and Brian Jackson classic:
Longtime collaborator to such greats as Santana, Tony Toni Toné, En Vogue, Sheila E, Destiny’s Child, and more, trumpet maestro Bill Ortiz is gearing up for the regular release of his new solo EP entitled Winter in America. The EP was recently distributed direct to fans, but will be on full release 1/31/12 and will serve to make up part of Ortiz’s forthcoming Highest Wish album. The title track of the EP, “Winter in America” is a cover of a Gil Scott-Heron tune. “We often celebrate ignorance in our society, so I wanted to celebrate consciousness,” Ortiz explains. Ortiz released a concept video that features the new version of Gil Scott Heron’s “Winter In America” song as recreated by himself and featuring Tony Lindsay and The Grouch.