Ben Winkelman Trio

Balance

OA2 22164

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...the trio captures the ear, providing thrilling evidence of a stellar contemporary trio to rank among the best...
ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Over his four albums as a leader, New York pianist Ben Winkelman has been developing his concept for the piano trio, seeking to strike an elusive balance between composition and improvisation, planning and spontaneity, the intellectual and the intuitive, all with his steadily working group. His featuring of the three instruments, not only as soloists, but as if they were a small orchestra, gave them each integral parts in the compositions expanding the overall voice of the trio. For "Balance," his fifth recording, Winkelman went into Sear Sound in New York with drummer Obed Calvaire and bassist Matt Penman, artists he highly respected but had yet to perform with, to add new energy and joyful unforeseen outcomes as they explore his ongoing interests in Afro-Cuban, gospel and classical music, but filtered through their collective jazz perspective.


Track Listing:

1 Bx12 Part One 6:54
2 April 5:14
3 Wheels 5:47
4 Santiago 5:24
5 Merri Creek 4:30
6 Window Shopping 7:33
7 The Trip 4:10
8 Fala Baixiño 5:52
9 Bye-Ya 6:31
10 Bx12 Part Two 5:49

All tracks composed by Ben Winkelman (APRA), except Bye-Ya, composed by Thelonious Monk, arranged by Ben Winkelman

Performers:

Ben Winkelman - piano
Matt Penman - bass
Obed Calvaire - drums

Production Info:

Produced by Ben Winkelman
Recorded by Chris Allen
at Sear Sound, NYC, June 7 & 8, 2018
Assistant Engineer: Owen Mulholland
Mixed & mastered by Dave Darlington
at Bass Hit Recording, NYC
Cover photograph by Shervin Lainez
Session photography by Simon C.F. Yu
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Balance

Jazziz (Shervin Lainez)
Melbourne-raised, New York City-based award-winning pianist-composer Ben Winkelman released his new album, Balance, on March 15 via OA2 Records. The new record is a collection of nine Winkelman original compositions plus a reworking of "Bye-Ya" by piano legend Thelonious Monk. It also finds him playing alongside drummer Obed Calvaire and bassist Ma ...







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