Producers: Howard Johnston, Cathy Econom, George Winston.
George Winston has long been celebrated for his major contributions to New Age music. A highly creative pianist, Winston showcases both his compositional acumen and keyboard skill on this 1991 concept album. SUMMER opens with the whimsical "Living in the Country," a joyous paean to rural life. On this selection, Winston mixes an Aaron Copland-influenced melody with gently sloping arpeggios.
Winston again employs a simple folk melody on "Early Morning Range," but unlike the former, this tune bends in the direction of modern pop. The upbeat western "Goodbye Montana Pt. 1" contrasts with "Goodbye Montana Pt. 2." Unlike its counterpart, the second movement is slow and dreamy. Yet, both retain that thousand-mile stare across the plains at high noon. This album might be a tribute to summer, but it equally honors the great expanses of the American West. The last composition, "Where Are You Now" is the finest example of Winston's more dramatic side. Strongly imagistic, SUMMER takes the listener on a distinctly American journey of joyous wanderings and contemplative ballads.