“…highly original, one-of-a-kind pieces for solo piano…” –Stereophile
“…a master of both tone and invention.” –Austin American Statesman
[New York, NY – February 15, 2022] Renowned pianist George Winston will release his 16th solo piano album, NIGHT, on RCA Records on 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. NIGHTfeatures 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 first single “Beverly” featured on NIGHT on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. The second single “Hana (A Flower For Your Heart)” is set for release on Tuesday, March 29, and “Hallelujah” on the street date for NIGHT on Friday, May 6, 2022.
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.
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
02. Freedom For The Stallion by Allen Toussaint
03. Blues For Richard Folsom by John Creger
04. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
05. Making A Way by Roderick Taylor
06. He’s A Runner by Laura Nyro
07. Kai Forest
08. Wahine Hololio (Traditional Hawaiian)
09. At Midnight
10. Pua Sadinia (Not To Be Forgotten) by David Nape
12. Hana (A Flower For Your Heart) by Shoukichi Kina