'Witchi Tai To' is one of my all-time favorite songs. Written by Kaw & Creek Indian Jim Pepper (1941-1992) it has been recorded by many over the years. Pepper's original version on the album "Comin And Goin'" is hard to find on either vinyl or CD. My fav rendition might be the Jan Garbarek - Bobo Stenson Quartet version on the 1973 album Witchi-Tai-To (There is also a great version of the Carlos Puebla song "Hasta Siempre" on that album.)Wikipedia records the following interesting musico-historical note: "Beginning in the late 1960s, Pepper became a pioneer of fusion jazz. His band, The Free Spirits (active between 1965 and 1968, with guitarist Larry Coryell), is credited as the first to combine elements of jazz and rock.)If you are into such things, you can see his trademark hat and his saxophone at the National Museum of the American Indian in DC.
Pepper was a good friend of our friend Stan Schnier. He said that Pepper's dad was really pissed at him for divulging the sacred chant.
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