George Winston is best-known for his thematic solo piano recordings on Windham Hill, but his talents also extend to the art of Hawaiian slack key guitar and harmonica playing.

George Winston is best-known for his thematic solo piano recordings on Windham Hill, but his talents also extend to the art of Hawaiian slack key guitar and harmonica playing. All three instruments are featured on Remembrance, a six-track mini-album whose proceeds will benefit families of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The title track and "Lament" are Winston's first new piano compositions since 1999, and while they are not among his most technically dazzling or melodically superb, they offer the kind of bittersweet sentiments he conjures so well. "Where Are You Now" is a lovely solo guitar rendition of a tune from 1991's Summer, while the calming "Daughters and Sons" melds two pieces penned by Hawaiian guitarist L. Ke'ala Kwan Jr. More unusual is a nine-minute harmonica medley that surrounds Winston's own "Kindness Emerging" with the Scottish traditional "Farewell," the patriotic "America, My Country 'Tis of Thee," and the 140-year-old "Taps." Good music for a good cause.—JC

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