Renowned pianist George Winston will release his 16th solo piano album, NIGHT, on RCA Records today, May 6, 2022. By virtue of his brilliance as one of the foremost instrumental composers of our time, NIGHT is a vivid look into Winston's nocturnal world where life begins as the sun sets on each day. NIGHT features four original Winston compositions, as well as stunning renditions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Allen Toussaint's "Freedom For The Stallion," plus additional standout interpretations. Two decades in the making, NIGHT turns darkness into a prism of beauty as Winston captures his quintessential performances for a full-length studio album well worth the wait.
George Winston is undeniably a household name. He's inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs selling more than 15 million albums. Winston's music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wonder. NIGHT is where things truly come alive for Winston. Whether on a performance stage, in a midnight recording session, practicing late at night, driving solo through urban city spaces, or witnessing nature grow under the moonlight, Winston celebrates his renowned 50-year career with an interstellar new recording for spring 2022.
"NIGHT is a collection of songs that I've recorded at five different studios," says George Winston. "There is a natural wonder that only occurs in the evening and NIGHT basically scales the clock from midnight to 7am. With every dark hour that passes, daytime will soon occur. The sun shines down on the earth all day, it warms the oceans and the forests, and awakens the majority of earth's inhabitants, and at sundown the nocturnal animals wake up for nighttime activities, and there are feelings of solitude and uncertainty. This all translates well for inspiration for compositions and interpretations of other composers' pieces."
RCA Records releases the single "Hallelujah" today, Friday, May 6, 2022. To view a visualizer for "Hallelujah," please visit: georgewinston.lnk.to/Hallelujah. To purchase/stream NIGHT, please visit: georgewinston.lnk.to/NIGHT.
George Winston's classic albums, Autumn and December, are perennial favorites, along with Winter into Spring, Summer, Forest, Plains, Spring Carousel -- A Cancer Research Benefit, his previous album, 2019's Restless Wind as well as two volumes of the compositions of Vince Guaraldi, two volumes of benefit albums for the Gulf Coast disasters, and four other solo piano albums.
Rolling Stone magazine noted of Winston's music, "Using only a solo piano, and without descending into sentiment, the guy (Winston) can set off dormant synapses in your brain that most musicians cannot hit even with lyrics...It seems to flow from the deepest part of Winston's mind, unimpeded by conscious considerations."
To view a Track-By-Track Descriptions one sheet with words from George Winston for all the songs on NIGHT, please download the following PDF (CLICK HERE).
For a comprehensive list of George Winston's forthcoming tour dates and discography, please visit: georgewinston.com
George Winston - NIGHT
2. Freedom For The Stallion by Allen Toussaint
3. Blues For Richard Folsom by John Creger
4. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
5. Making A Way by Roderick Taylor
6. He's A Runner by Laura Nyro
7. Kai Forest
8. Wahine Hololio (Traditional Hawaiian)
9. At Midnight
10. Pua Sadinia (Not To Be Forgotten) by David Nape
12. Hana (A Flower For Your Heart) by Shoukichi Kina