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by Ben Winkelman Trio

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April 05:13
Wheels 05:47
Santiago 05:24
Merri Creek 04:30
The Trip 04:09
Bye-Ya 06:31


released March 15, 2019

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

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

Recorded by Chris Allen at Sear Sound, NYC, June 7 & 8, 2018
Assistant engineer: Owen Mulholland
Mixed and 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


“The intellectual meets the intuitive by design throughout the entirety of Balance as 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.” - Ed Enright, Downbeat (USA), Editor's Pick

Feature and Q&A in Jazziz Magazine - Matt Micucci, Jazziz (USA)

**** “Together, these three tackle thorny thoughts, essay beauty with singular style, and swing hard right down the line at various points in the program. Bouncing between different moods and themes in short order, this trio never misses a beat.” - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz (USA)

**** “Pianist Ben Winkelman's fifth album is so good that, ironically, its overwhelming brilliance may limit its appeal. It is so innovative, and played with such power, that the listener is left open-mouthed.” - Eric Myers, The Australian (Australia)

“A startlingly impressive trio session focusing on his original tunes, the album brims with ideas and his love of Afro-Caribbean rhythms.” - Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Classical Voice (USA)

“Balance walks a fascinating line between breezy cool and wicked-sharp smarts. Winkelman does indeed nail the theme of balance here: between exotic and familiar, sharp and playful, simple and multi-shaded. This whirlwind of a tour has enough life to encompass them all.” - Geno Thackara, All About Jazz (USA)

“The title of this album fits well, as pianist Ben Winkelman creates a symbiotic balance between interplay and soloing. Monk’s “Bye-Ya” is a crisp and spacious rendition, while the rest of the pieces reflect good listening and lyricism. Tighter than the Houston Astros infield.” - George Harris, Jazz Weekly (USA)

“Balancing composition and improvisation, he crosses the lines between Latin, jazz, and classical, bestowing a distinct feel to each of the 10 tunes that compose the album, which appropriately got the title Balance.” - Filipe Freitas, Jazztrail (USA)

“Pianist/composer Ben Winkelman offers his fifth release and it is quite fine.” - Dave Rogers, WTJU (USA), featured in New Jazz Adds

“His music is wrapped in the originality of his compositions as he and his trio strive for balance between the intellectual and the intuitive.” - Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs (USA)

“He tickles the ear as well as the fancy with this set that just let's the music do what it will----and it always does the right thing. Solid stuff that's going to keep his legend growing.” - Chris Spector, Midwest Record (USA)

“This is Winkelman’s 5th recording as a leader and he’s on point!” - D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place (USA)


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Ben Winkelman New York, New York

Ben Winkelman is a New York based jazz pianist and composer whose music has been described by Downbeat as “one big, interconnected thing of beauty”. His freewheeling compositions draw on diverse interests, with an emphasis on rhythmic exploration, strong melodic lines and group interplay. ... more

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