Winter Into Spring 20th Anniversary Edition

Twenty years since its original release as the follow-up to Winston's 1980 landmark solo piano debut, Autumn, his Winter Into Spring still serves as the ideal soundtrack to the seasonal changes allude

Twenty years since its original release as the follow-up to Winston's 1980 landmark solo piano debut, Autumn, his Winter Into Spring still serves as the ideal soundtrack to the seasonal changes alluded to in its title. Winston's skills in channeling these themes into his playing are on full display here, as the sparse, repetitive "January Stars" gives way to the churning, aggressive "February Stars." Compared with the double-digit running times and melancholia-steeped Autumn, the sweetly concise "Reflection" and the exuberant "Blossom/Meadow" reveal the sunnier side of Winston's musical disposition. The Steve Reich-influenced "Rain" finds more of a middle ground, the sonic equivalent of a light shower suddenly bursting into a thunderstorm. This edition also includes the previously unreleased "(Love Echoes in the) Pine Hills" and sheet music for "Reflection."—JC