Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions, Vol. 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
George Winston issued the Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions benefit recording in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina. He donated all proceeds to service organizations. This second volume follows nearly six years after the first, and two after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf and its massive oil spill. Winston is also donating his proceeds here. As a musician, his primary piano inspirations have always been the New Orleans piano greats: Professor Longhair, James Booker, Henry Butler, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary, and many others. The evidence is there, even on his most sentimental recordings. His time is impeccable; his left hand knows where all blues ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
George Winston issued the Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions benefit recording in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina. He donated all proceeds to service organizations. This second volume follows nearly six years after the first, and two after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf and its massive oil spill. Winston is also donating his proceeds here. As a musician, his primary piano inspirations have always been the New Orleans piano greats: Professor Longhair, James Booker, Henry Butler, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary, and many others. The evidence is there, even on his most sentimental recordings. His time is impeccable; his left hand knows where all blues and stride piano playing stories are told: it rolls through rhythms with an ease that never sounds studied, and he hits the groove every time. Opener "New Orleans Will Rise Again #7" has his left hand nailing slightly dissonant bass figures before he lets it erupt into a full-blown strut he claims Butler and Tuba Fats as sources. He weaves in gospel, second line, and stride, orchestrating it all with gorgeous chord voicings on the right hand and plenty of swing. "Pixie #4 Gôbajie" is another taste of his Booker inspiration here, but the extrapolations on this one as opposed to the first volume's are in E-minor rather than E-Flat, they move into compelling and imaginative harmonic terrain. Likewise, his covers of Cleary's "Fanning the Flames" and Dr. John's "Georgianna," while faithful to the originals, highlight their wonderful but often hidden eccentricities read: innovations with subtlety and humor. Winston's originals are ballads; they add a reflective and balanced sense of contrast to the whole. The finest of these are "The Gulf Will Live Again" and, in particular, "New Orleans Slow Dance." The latter evokes the styles of Tuts Washington and Toussaint and the melodic simplicity of Stephen Foster, but it's all wrapped in Winston's own sense of style. The set closes with a gorgeous, ten-minute suite entitled "An African in the Americas, which holds within it Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell's "Breaths" it's credited. Winston simultaneously evokes the sound of a mbira with his piano, and the twin melodic sensibilities of Abdullah Ibrahim whom he cites and mbira master Dumisani Maraire's phrasing, sending the recording off with a soulful flourish. There are two more volumes in this series projected, and based on the inspired readings here and the previous volume; there is plenty to look forward to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2012
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886919467024
  • Catalog Number: 194670
  • Sales rank: 2,386

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Winston Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
Dr. John Composer
Henry Butler Composer
Shad Weathersby Composer
Jon Cleary Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Howard Johnston Producer, Engineer
George Winston Composer, Producer
Sean Lennon Engineer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Michael P. Smith Cover Photo
Cathy Econom Producer
Justin Lieberman Engineer
Loredana Crisan Engineer
Tyler Crowder Engineer
Michael Barry-Rec Composer
Ysaye Maria Barnwell Composer
Jenny Brooks Thornburg Engineer
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  • Posted July 15, 2012

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    Vintage Winston, Wonderfully Evolving

    Having listened to a lot of Winston, I sort of knew what to expect: the heavy cadence/metronome-ish rhythm, certain musical phrases and full use of the piano as an instrument, including opening the lid, etc. But this mix feels very regional, very southern and bluesy, with African influences mixed in and undertones of longing and melancholy interspersed with songs of energy and purpose. It fits perfectly with Winston's style, which here seems to shine with additional complexity and verve. A fantastic set of songs and a great cause.

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