Winston Plans 'Autumn' Reissue, Japanese Tour
Pianist George Winston will embark on a 25-date tour of Japan in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his landmark solo debut album "Autumn," released by Windham Hill. BMG/Funhouse has re-released "Pianist George Winston will embark on a 25-date tour of Japan in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his landmark solo debut album "Autumn," released by Windham Hill. BMG/Funhouse has re-released "Autumn" in Japanwith three newly recorded bonus tracks -- the Doors' "The Crystal Ship" and "I Can't See Your Face In My Mind," as well as Procol Harum's "Too Much Between Us."
Although Winston became something of a new age music icon thanks to the wide-ranging success of "Autumn," he credits the aforementio ned acts with inspiring his writing. "The Doors immediately became my favorite band, and were a major impetus for me to begin playing the organ in the summer of 1967," he says. "They continued to inspire me after I switched from organ to solo piano in 19 7 1.
"Of all the composers whose music I love to interpret, the Doors' and Jim Morrison's songs have taken
the longest for me to make them sound how I want," he continues. "These two songs have taken me 33 years to work out the arrangements that I now play. I also now play nine other Doors songs when I play solo piano dance concerts, as well as a piano version of one of Jim Morrison's songs, 'Bird Of Prey.' He has inspired and influenced my playing more than any other vocalist."
"Autumn" has enjoyed an in teresting and lengthy chart history over the years. It reached No. 7 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart in 1984, peaked at No. 71 on The Billboard 200 in 1986, and hit No. 14 on Billboard's Top New Age Albums tally in 1989. Windham Hill is planning a domestic reissue of the set with the three new tracks for September.