Picks and Pans Review: Winter into Spring
Born in Hart, Mich., Winston, 33, has been recording for 10 years. He was doing it in more or less serene anonymity, though, until his 1981 album Autumn brought him and his label, the six-year-old Windham Hill Records, onto national jazz charts. The influences he lists are an eclectic bunch, including Fats Waller, New Orleans blues pianist Professor Longhair, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Keola Beamer and Indian violinist L. Subramaniam. While Winston's titles—January Stars, February Sea, Blossom/Meadow—can get a little cloying, he will soon run out of seasons and months in any case. And he is a contemplative pianist whose brooding blends of jazz, folk, Latin and classical ideas can stand a comparison to the most effective, moving work of Keith Jarrett.