Steve Winwood


Photo by Spiros Politis 2003

his burst onto the music scene in 1963, the prolific composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist has steadily developed an impressive catalog of popular music beginning with The Spencer Davis Group and continuing with Traffic and Blind Faith. Winwood earned his Grammy acclaim with solo albums "Back in the High Life" and "Roll With It." Incorporating diverse influences such as blues, English Folk, R&B and West Afro-Caribbean, along with his own signature style Winwood gratifies his creative spirit with a sound that defies genre or labels. With his latest release "About Time," Winwood set out to produce a fresh, contemporary album unlike any he had done before. To achieve this, Winwood came upon two significant decisions. First, the entire album would be centered around the Hammond B-3 organ -- secondly, there would be no bass player. "That in itself, just making that decision, immediately dictated the sound and flavor of the record. There was then the question of writing songs and incorporating various musical styles that I wanted to use. I was keen to take the style of those early organists like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, and Groove Holmes, who were brilliant exponents of the style known as 'kicking the B,' and combine that with elements of World music and Rock." The result has culminated in a matchless, exotic sound resplendent throughout "About Time" combining the best of European and African music. Fans will definitely want to catch these tunes played live in all of Winwood's splendor.

Upcoming shows:

9/23, 8PM;
Pechanga Entertainment Center
45000 Pechanga Parkway
(Pechanga Parkway formerly called Pala Road)
Temecula, CA 92592

Sept 25, 8PM
Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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