Broke the CD “drought” when I picked up eight at CD Warehouse yesterday. Two by jazz guitarist Grant Green (‘The Latin Bit’ & ‘Matador’), ‘Explorations’ by the Bill Evans Trio, two by Aphex Twin (‘I care because you do’ & ‘Richard D. James Album’), ‘Evening Star’ by Fripp & Eno, ‘Thelonius In Action’ by Thelonius Monk Quartet (post-Coltrane) and ‘Autumn’ by George Winston. Many years ago my sister and her husband received a George Winston CD, ‘Winter Into Spring’ as a gift. Not caring for it much they gave it to me (he majored in music and it was her minor). I would play it occasionally but more recently found it to be good music to have in the background while I was busy doing something else (reading, writing or just relaxing). After passing on many opportunities to hear more George Winston, curiosity caused me to pick up ‘Autumn’ yesterday and after some research found that those two CDs plus one more titled ‘December’ formed the basis for what is now known as “New Age” music. The termm “New Age” usually turns me off but once again here is an example of a musical pioneer producing some of the highest rated works in a particular (though unnamed at the time) genre.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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  1. felixwas says:

    It’s been a long time since I listened to “Evening Star,” but I seem to recall it as good music to fall asleep to. It probably would make good background music to not listen to, which sounds like your use of Winston.

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