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    Gilad Atzmon
    12 Jun
    Carolyn Brandy
    19 Jun
    Stuart Brinin
    16 Oct
    Ralph Carney
    04 Sep
    India Cooke
    20 Feb
    Ronald Davis
    23 Oct
    Mark Feldman
    27 Mar
    Herb Gibson
    06 Mar
    Nancy Gilliland
    29 May
    Jon Hendricks
    16 Jan
    Laurence Hobgood
    10 Jul
    Bill Horvitz
    13 Nov
    Nat Johnson
    01 May
    Tom Madden
    13 Mar
    Charlie McCarthy
    06 Nov
    Don Neely
    25 Sep
    Nathan Oliveira
    28 Aug
    Ed Reed
    24 Jul
    Walter Savage
    14 Aug
    Mike Stern
    12 Dec
    Adam Theis
    21 Aug
    Mads Tolling
    17 Apr
    Hristo Vitchev
    22 May
    Paul van Wageningen
    10 Apr
    Nancy Wright
    20 Nov
    Jim Zimmerman
    06 Feb


    Most Recent Castaway - 4th August, 2017
    George Winston (2017)

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    It's a fair bet that anyone during the 1980s either listening to the radio or buying records to chill out by has some of George Winston's music in their library.

    Though born in Michigan, George grew up mainly in Montana, Mississippi and Florida. During the 1960s, he studied sociology at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.

    George loved the instrumental R&B, rock and pop music of his generation, and was particularly drawn to the organ. But in I971, after hearing Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and later Earl Hines, he went in a different direction, solo piano.

    George's earliest recordings were for John Fahey's Takoma Records, but in 1979 Will Ackerman convinced him to record for his then newly founded Windham Hill. George played some guitar music and some "night-time" music on piano, which were the basis for "Autumn", which became a best-selling recording for Windham Hill, and solidified the label's sound.

    George went on to record more seasonal pieces, a Vince Guaraldi recording, "Night Divides the Day: The Music of The Doors", and many others. He's also a producer of recordings—by not only Hawaiian slack key wizards, but also American traditional musicians.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 James Booker Junco Partner Pixie Rykodisk
    # 2 Professor Longhair New Orleans Piano Hey, Now, Baby Atlantic
    # 3 James Booker The Piano Prince of New Orleans Life Black Sun
    # 4 Thomas "Fats" Waller The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 A Handful of Keys RCA
    # 5 Benny Goodman The Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings A Handful of Keys RCA
    # 6 Teddy Wilson 1934-1935 Liza Classics
    # 7 Henry Butler Henry Butler PiaNOLA Orleans Inspiration Basin Street
    # 8 Vince Guaraldi A Charlie Brown Christmas Linus and Lucy Fantasy
             
    Book Josef Woodard and Charlie Haden, "Conversations with Charlie Haden", or
    Ry Cooder, "Los Angeles Stories"
             
    Luxury Item A harmonica