Revisiting Steve Winwood

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Music/Audio, Personal, Ramblings 2 Comments

Wow, I can’t believe I had put Stevie Winwood in the “archives” of my collection … i.e. I haven’t played him in a long time.

I just picked up his “Best of” album: Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood.  It’s the first compilation that has all of his key tracks from his various endevours – solo and in a band – in one place.

Just listening to some of his playing on keyboards is … well, a kick in the pants showing any keyboardist that they have a few things to learn.

He’s a multi-instrumentalist to boot – his work on … well anything is fantastic.  He’s a guitarist, drummer, bassist… oh yeah, and he sings too!

I fell in love with his playing when I first heard the solo synth line from “While You See a Chance” and then again on “Finer Things“.  He’s got a signature solo synth style that you just know … yeah, that’s Steve Winwood

He’s been in quite a few acts over his fantastic career: Blind Faith (with Clapton) and Traffic to name a few.  He’s also worked with folks like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Billy Joel, the Who, Lou Reed, Talk Talk, David Gilmour and George Harrison… to just scratch the surface.

I could go on, but I gotta get some lunch.

I guess I know what I’m listening to for the rest of the day… 😉

Comments 2

  1. The real kick in the pants is what he was doing on vocals and Hammond organ with the Spencer Davis Group, when he was a mere teenager. Can anyone beat that standing-on-the-keys Hammond/Leslie sound in “Gimme Some Lovin’?”

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      Oh for sure!!! That is a fantastic tune to play – I love playing that in a band and being able to let loose with some distorted rock Hammond patch. Killer…

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