Pianist George Winston released his 16th solo piano album, NIGHT, on RCA Records on May 6, 2022. 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 renditions of the late New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint’s “Freedom For The Stallion”, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” plus additional interpretations. Two decades in the making, NIGHT turns darkness into a prism of colors. “The night has many colors, they’re just more subtle. And I am nocturnal” says George.
NIGHT is where things truly come alive for George. Whether on a performance stage, in a midnight recording session, practicing late at night, driving solo through rural or urban city spaces,or witnessing nature grow under the moonlight, he celebrates his 50 year career with this recording.
“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 sooner 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.
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