Solo pianist George Winston goes rock—kind of—on this 13-track album of Doors covers.
Solo pianist George Winston goes rock—kind of—on this 13-track album of Doors covers. Although it would be tough to tell from listening to his two decades-plus worth of introspective, seasonal-themed material, Winston says he has been obsessed with the Doors since 1967. Fittingly, Night is an intriguing left-turn into more varied styles of interpretation than we've come to expect from the artist. "People Are Strange" and "Love Her Madly" get a New Orleans-style R&B treatment influenced by James Booker, while a 10-minute "Light My Fire" is enriched with extensive improvisation. Winston truly makes other numbers his own, plucking strings from inside the piano on "My Wild Love" and emphasizing the inherent elegance of "The Crystal Ship" and "Love Street." Although a bit difficult to digest on first listen (running time: just shy of 67 minutes), Night ultimately proves a welcome change-of-pace from Winston's more familiar discography.—JC