A few traits concerning pianist Ben Winkelman were pretty clear after hearing as few as four or five tracks among the thirteen played on this session. First, he is adventurous, but still accessible. Second, he likes tricky, pert little melody lines with lots of movement. Third, Winkelman resolves his upbeat melodies with very satisfying chord work. Fourth, there is a suggestion in listening to him that Winkelman "put in his time" with the intricacies of Bach, Czerny and others who shape a pianist's skill. His playing mates are Sam Anning on bass and Eric Doob on drums. Winkelman's music is airy, free-flowing and full-
flight, but thankfully he never slips from the controls. You will also notice a consistency of touch, sure and comfortable. If you asked me, I would bet that Winkelman has listened to such players as Herbie Nichols or Elmo Hope, and sometimes there is a touch of Monk or even Mose Allison.