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… 😉