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Best known as one of the great popularizers of minimalist, acoustic solo piano music, George Winston continues to create and reinvent. From his best-selling albums Autumn, December, Winter Into Spring, Summer, Forests, and Plains featuring his melodic, evocative piano to his surprising critically acclaimed release Night Divides The Day – The Music of the Doors, to playing the boogie-woogie and stride piano pieces of such celebrated jazz pianists as Fats Waller and Professor Longhair in concert, George Winston’s style defies category.
Born in Michigan and raised in Florida, Mississippi, and Montana, Winston was exposed to different musical styles at an early age. As a teenager playing rock ‘n’ roll organ and electric piano with a Miami band, until he discovered the music of Fats Waller. In an interview with Down Beat writer Bill Milkowski, Winston explains “… when I heard Fats do ‘Got a Brand New Suit’ off one of the old RCA Vintage albums. I literally left the electric stuff behind.” Winston immersed himself in playing stride piano and began to compose and arrange his own works, which included rhythm and blues, blues, rock, standards, and highly melodic solo piano pieces. In 1972 he recorded Ballads and Blues, his first solo piano album. Since then, Winston has released thirteen solo piano albums including A Forest in 1995, which earned him a GRAMMY.
“The sparse and delicate piano music of Autumn, Winter Into Spring, and December gave a new dimension to solo piano recording, engineered to such perfection that the instrument truly becomes part of the room the listener is in. Not one note is wasted and he plays as if each were his last.” — The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.georgewinston.com