George Winston Covers Vince Guaraldi

Tuesday marks the release of Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Volume 2 by George Winston.

Pianist George Winston

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A legendary composer, Guaraldi is best known for his musical additions to many of the Peanuts animated TV specials that began airing in 1965.

Winston first paid tribute to Guaraldi in 1996, when he offered his own take on classics such as "Linus and Lucy" and "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." But with his latest album, Winston aims to add his flair to other Guaraldi works — from full songs to smaller music cues, used as interludes.

Winston says he appreciates Guaraldi's music for being not only timeless, but also ageless.

"Some of Vince's music is adult music for kids and kids' music for adults," he tells NPR host Michel Martin in a recent interview. "It's just great music and great playing."

Winston only met Guaraldi a few times, but says he's felt a deep connection to the composer ever since he was youngster and would hold up a tape recorder to the family TV set, just to capture his music. The pianist names Guaraldi among his three favorite composers — the others being New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair and The Doors — all of whose work he has attempted to master.

"It's all that North American stuff with Canada through the Caribbean," he says.

In 1971, Winston pioneered a sound known as folk piano. He says it helps evoke his sense of seasons and topography.

After more than four decades of playing, Winston says he loves performing all over and sharing his love for music.

"Each place really imbibes the music that I'm playing and inspires it one way or another," he says.

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