Ben Winkelman Trio | The Spanish Tinge

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The Spanish Tinge

by Ben Winkelman Trio

Award winning jazz piano trio that draws on diverse influences, ranging from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music to stride piano.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Hurtling Towards The Grave
7:24 album only
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2. The More Complex Needs Of The Northern Soul
8:12 album only
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3. Malady
8:47 album only
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4. The Spanish Tinge
7:21 album only
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5. Issachar
5:36 album only
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6. Urge
5:12 album only
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7. The Tearing Of The Veil
7:10 album only
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8. Aguantando La Zozobra Crepuscular
7:09 album only
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9. Vilna
7:18 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Winner of the 2007 AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) award for Best Jazz Release.

Following the Trio’s critically acclaimed Stomps Pieces & Variations, The Spanish Tinge further explores Winkelman’s eclectic musical experiences.

The Spanish Tinge is a collection of diverse originals, some of which feature the “Spanish Tinge”: Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms, odd time claves and the influence of Argentinean tango. The album also includes a jazz treatment of a Yiddish ballad and more exploration of contemporary possibilties for stride piano and early jazz sounds. This diversity of styles reflects Winkelman’s inclusive approach to composition, seeking to give more of his varied musical interests a place in his jazz work.

Ben Winkelman - piano, Sam Anning - bass, Ben Vanderwal - drums

Guest players include Paul Williamson (trumpet), Lachlan McLean (alto saxophone), Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone), Ben Gillespie (trombone) and Javier Fredes (congas).

“In one of my earliest tunes, ‘New Orleans Blues’, you can hear the Spanish tinge. In fact, if you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz.” – Jelly Roll Morton (refering to the influence of Afro-Carribean music on jazz).

Reviews:

**** "The 'tinge' in the title track refers back back to Jelly Roll Morton, the great pianist, diamond-toothed hustler, dandy, pimp, loudmouth and jazz music's first great composer. His business card described him as the 'Originator of Jazz'. Morton's advice:'If you can't manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz.' Morton, a New Orleans Creole, redefined jazz with cross-cultural ethnic tastes and spices, which Winkelman seems to recognise. Here, the Melbourne pianist cooks up a bouillabaisse of flavours including stride, tango, Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms. With bassist Sam Anning and drummer Ben Vanderwal. The presentation is tightly drilled but the music zings with an electricity of counterpoint and ideas popping up everywhere. Even the genres are reshaped: a tango rhythm worked over with a chord structure and melodic line not heard in that setting shifts in time, transforming a Latin beat. The most stunning moment is saved for last in his jazzed-up rendition of the emotional Yiddish song,Vilna. More please.”
Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide, May 3, 2007

**** "Melbourne pianist Ben Winkelman has travelled an individual path since his 2005 album Stomps, Pieces and Variations, which resurrected ragtime and stride piano using his contemporary-styled originals. The new title is a quote from Jelly Roll Morton, who believed the Spanish Tinge was essential seasoning for jazz, meaning Latin rhythms and Habanera ideas ought to be inherent in the music. Winkelman has achieved this by more than simply playing predictable Latin beats; he moves between rhythms, sometimes abandoning tempo altogether, and makes effective use of extended harmonies, swinging improvisations, even classical phrases. All but one of these pieces are originals and the title track is the only one to include ragtime references, but in Winkelman's signature style it soon digresses into a contemporary piano groove, then stately tango rhythms, followed by an evocative Latino-flavoured bass solo from Sam Anning. Ben Vanderwal handles the often complex percussion extremely well in this unusual exploration of nostalgic styles from the Spanish Quarter of old New Orleans, with a 21st-century makeover."
John McBeath, The Australian, May 12, 2007

"Jazz with a gumbo essence
More than 60 years after the death of Jelly Roll Morton - New Orleans pianist and self-proclaimed inventor of jazz - the "Spanish tinge" he described as essential to jazz is alive and well in the hands of Ben Winkelman.
Winkelman named his new CD for the famous quote, and Thursday's launch at Bennetts Lane was liberally seasoned with Hispanic and Afro-Carribean ingredients.
But, if Winkelman's musical gumbo combines flavours from New Orleans, Cuba and Brazil, it's also been strained through a contemporary sensibility.
Thursday's concert opened with a quasi-salsa set to a 7/4 rhythm: the first of several "corrupted claves" we would hear during the night.
In fact, almost all the Latin-inspired numbers bristled with odd time signatures and sly rhythmic shifts. Perhaps, after 14 years of playing for dancers with Latin band Rumberos, Winkelman is keen to ensure that audiences at his trio concerts remain firmly in their seats.
Many of the pianist's compositions are complex, incorporating intricate arrangements that rely on split-second timing and precision. Fortunately for Melbourne audiences, Thursday's gig came at the end of a long national tour, so Winkelman and his colleagues (bassist Sam Anning and drummer Andrew Gander) sounded impressively tight as they negotiated Winkelman's musical brainteasers.
The CD's title track, The Spanish Tinge, was delivered with a wonderfully exuberant energy as it veered from an upbeat, bouncing stride feel - zigzagging through various tempos along the way - to a sashaying tango walk. The Tearing of the Veil sounded like a fun fair ride on a Cuban ghost train, with dark piano chords chopping up a swaying habanera rhythm. The Seven Odyssey conjured up a kaleidoscope of muscial colours and cross-rhythms, all three players determined not to let the knotty time signature prevent them from having a good time."
Jessica Nicholas, The Age, July 7, 2007

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