Denver Post: Nov 10, 1997, concert announcement

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Rocker Steve Winwood's voice keeps him in the flow

The white-soul belter of the mid1960s became the psychedelic rocker of the late '60s. The jazz-rock aesthete of the '70s became the pop hitmaker of the '80s. But no matter how many times Steve Winwood has reinvented himself, there has been one constant: the thrill of hearing his voice, one of the most distinctive in rock.

Dead ends aside Winwood has encountered plenty of potholes along the way. That includes things like offhand albums and stylistic dead ends. But there have been many high points, too - including his early work with the Spencer Davis Group ( "Gimme Some Lovin' ''), the best of Traffic, Blind Faith's one and only LP (with "Can't Find My Way Home''), and solo hits like "While You See a Chance,'' "Higher Love,'' "Back in the High Life'' and "The Finer Things.'' His '90s LPs, including an attempted Traffic reunion, have been limp, and he's no longer the commercial star he once was.

But Winwood nevertheless will lug an incomparable bag of great songs into the Paramount for his show scheduled for Monday evening.

-- Mark Harden

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