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Jazz - Released May 3, 2019 | Dancing Cat - RCA Records

Restlessness is not a quality often associated with George Winston yet the adjective suits his 2019 album Restless Wind. Constructed as a loose impressionistic journey through America's history, Restless Wind blurs distinctions between past and present, high and low art, city and country life. Winston favors grand gestures and over-arching connections over obscurity. Many of the songs he's chosen to record for Restless Wind are familiar: Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" is followed by Gershwin's "Summertime," Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth" and the Doors' "The Unknown Soldier (War Is Over)" both make appearances, and he ends the album with a medley of "The Wayward Wind (The Restless Wind)" and "Que Sera Sera." What gives Restless Wind its impact is the context and execution. By surrounding these familiar items with 1915's "Cancion Mixteca (Immigrant's Lament)" and the theme for The Times of Harvey Milk -- a 1984 documentary about the gay rights pioneer -- Winston makes it clear that Restless Wind is a quiet protest against the narrow, reductive view of America in the late 2010s. What gives Restless Wind its poetry is how Winston does find the middle ground between James Booker and Steve Reich, the two musicians he cites as inspiration for his original title track. Throughout Restless Wind, Winston achieves an expansive, elastic elegance that nearly hangs suspended, yet he grounds his airier qualities with a dexterous, rhythmic left hand that gives the music force. It's a remarkable achievement that appeals equally to the head and heart. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Jazz - Released March 31, 2017 | Dancing Cat - RCA Records

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Jazz - Released March 31, 2017 | Dancing Cat - RCA Records

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A musical philanthropist for much of his long career, self-described "rural folk piano" enthusiast George Winston has applied his considerable skills to compositions in support of everything from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the world-altering events of September 11, 2001. Spring Carousel finds Winston supporting a cause that hits a little closer to home. In 2015 he underwent a successful bone marrow transplant to combat myelodysplastic syndrome, an illness that can often lead to leukemia, that he had been battling since 2012. Proceeds from the album would be donated to the City of Hope National Medical Center, a leading cancer research center based in Southern California. Not so much a song cycle as it is a broad meditation on illness and recovery, the 15-track set simmers with the easy benevolence and quiet soulfulness that has been Winston's forte since the early '80s -- by the time the listener arrives at the dulcet dual closers "Rekindling Love" and "Requited Love," it's clear that for Winston, the light at the end of the tunnel was never a train. There is the occasional flash of melancholy to be heard, with pieces like "Many Clocks" and "Carousel 2" hinting at some dark nights and unavoidable abyss staring, but for the most part, Spring Carousel is part and parcel with seasonal Winston touchstones like Winter Into Spring and Summer, and just as comforting. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Jazz - Released January 29, 2010 | RCA Victor

Classical - Released March 10, 2006 | Windham Hill - Legacy

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Early compositions for solo piano by a highly popular and engrossing musician with an appreciative taste for traditional American folk music, ragtime, and blues. Exhilarating music that should appeal to a broad range of musical preferences. Co-produced by master folk archivist and guitarist John Fahey. ~ MusD

Jazz - Released January 20, 2017 | Dancing Cat - RCA Records

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Country - Released December 6, 2018 | Compose Records

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Jazz - Released January 20, 2017 | Dancing Cat - RCA Records

Jazz - Released January 20, 2017 | Dancing Cat - RCA Records

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Jazz - Released January 20, 2017 | Dancing Cat - RCA Records

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Pop/Rock - Released December 4, 2009 | RCA Victor