Album: Night Divides the Day

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Night Divides the Day: The Music of the Doors

Artist: George Winston
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Label: Windham Hill Records

George Winston cites the Doors as a seminal influence on his music in the liner notes for the 20th anniversary edition of Autumn. Winston is a voracious musical explorer, and the Doors are among several musical tributes Winston has rolling around in his head. He’s already paid homage to pianist Vince Guaraldi with Linus and Lucy. Winston’s take on the acid-rock shamans is sometimes magical, sometimes regretful. It’s no secret that George isn’t a great technician, and you can hear the flaws whenever he remains true to the melody, especially…

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George Winston cites the Doors as a seminal influence on his music in the liner notes for the 20th anniversary edition of Autumn. Winston is a voracious musical explorer, and the Doors are among several musical tributes Winston has rolling around in his head. He’s already paid homage to pianist Vince Guaraldi with Linus and Lucy. Winston’s take on the acid-rock shamans is sometimes magical, sometimes regretful. It’s no secret that George isn’t a great technician, and you can hear the flaws whenever he remains true to the melody, especially replicating Robbie Krieger’s guitar lines. But some songs are just perfect for Winston, notably “Crystal Ship,” which he expands into a gorgeous meditation. Winston mixes the hits, including “Light My Fire,” with some eccentric personal choices like “Spanish Caravan” and “My Wild Love.” Ardent Doors devotees may cringe, but Winston fans will find a home here. —John Diliberto

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