Ben Winkelman


OA2 22217


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Winkelman's trio of equals, perpetually seeking a state of equilibrium, approach joyful swing, hard-hitting rock and chamber-like inventions as one big, interconnected thing of beauty.

Composed while awaiting the birth of his first child during the early months of the pandemic, New York pianist Ben Winkelman's sixth album draws from the emotional turbulence of the time. With this collection of nine intricately crafted, lyrically rich compositions, his long-time trio of bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire—joined here by guitarist Gilad Hekselman—soar on the Gospel-tinged opener, "Praise," bob and weave on the buoyant title track, and search for understanding through "The Plague."

"Together, these three tackle thorny thoughts, essay beauty with singular style, and swing hard right down the line..." Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Track Listing:

1. Praise 5:24
2. Fort Tilden 5:52
3. Chilches 7:19
4. Wandering 5:00
5. Isolation 6:20
6. The Wonky Waltz 5:57
7. The Plague 5:55
8. Heartbeat 5:23
9. Machine 5:10

All compositions by Ben Winkelman (APRA)


Ben Winkelman - piano, Rhodes
Gilad Hekselman - guitar (1,2,3,8,9)
Matt Penman - bass
Obed Calvaire - drums

Production Info:

Produced by Ben Winkelman
Recorded by David Stoller at Samurai Hotel, NYC
May 15 & 16, 2023
Mixed by Chris Allen at Sear Sound, NYC
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering, NYC
Recording session photography by Anna Yatskevich
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Reviews of Heartbeat

Dark Blue Notes (Istanbul) (Burak Sülünbaz)
Australian-born New York based pianist and composer Ben Winkelman‘s sixth album Heartbeat will be released on September 15th via OA2 Records. He is accompanied by very high quality musicians on Heartbeat. Israeli-born New York based fusion jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman, whose lyrical playing style I love, is on guitar, New Zealand-born master ba ...

All About Jazz (Neil Duggan)
4-STARS Awaiting the arrival of his first child while locked down in New York City during the pandemic were probably not the circumstances which pianist Ben Winkelman would ideally have chosen for writing new music. Nonetheless, taking inspiration from the anticipation of fatherhood and the feeling of isolation acted as the catalyst for the nine c ...

BeBop Spoken Here (Lance Liddle)
Winkelman's sixth album as a leader, recorded during the pandemic whilst awaiting the birth of his first child, is quite delightful. Nine originals that don't appear to be contrafacts although these tunes themselves could become contrafacts of the future. It's gentle and laid back, more Bill Evans than Peterson with perhaps a dash of melancholia ...

Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Playing piano and Rhodes, Ben Winkelman creates some clever melodies and ideas with a simpatico team of Matt Penman/b and Obed Calvaire/dr with Gilad Hekselman/g sitting in for most of the treatises. As a threesome, Winkelman sets up a gentle "Isolation" that eventually builds up to form a pastoral post bop suite, while Penman is playful during "T ...

The Big Takeover (Michael Toland)
Written at a crucial time – specifically facing the dual challenges of the pandemic and impending fatherhood – pianist Ben Winkelman's sixth album Heartbeat captures an emotional whirlwind, with anticipation and dread mixing freely and productively. We can all relate: the excitement of something great coming, but also the fear of figuring out h ...





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