Mon 7 Mar 2016 to Sun 13 Mar 2016

by Ben Winkelman Trio

Ben Winkelman TrioThe Knife (PBS feature record)

For any who had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Ben Winkelman perform in and around Melbourne in the early 2000’s it would seem inevitable that he’d uproot and move himself to jazz music’s epicenter in New York. It was equally obvious that Winkelman’s composition and approach would continue to draw from myriad stylistic and cultural stimuli rather than simply following the straight piano/bass/drums tradition.

For this latest Ben Winkelman Trio album The Knife we get to hear elements of Latin and South American groove, some laid-back New York cool, driving old-school rhythms and just a few hints to the cheekier side of Winkelman’s compositions so evident on previous albums. The Knife marks the first recording for the Ben Winkelman Trio with rising NY drummer Eric Doob alongside recent National Jazz Award winner Sam Anning on bass. Throughout the 13 tracks of this album the rhythm section adroitly struts alongside Winkelman’s constantly shifting moods and tempo. The energetic 'Sylvia' possibly gives the best representation of how the individual musicianship of these three players can coalesce into a collective group sensibility. Singling out any one track however probably does a disservice to the overall quality and breadth of this stunning album.

Ultimately The Knife by the Ben Winkelman Trio is an album that sounds fresh and exciting while still being able to satisfy those that revere the classic jazz trio tradition.

By Owen McKern – PBS Program Manager

The Goon Sax Up To Anything (Featured on The Breakfast Spread)

If you're looking for an album to put a huge smile on your face and restore your faith in people, then The Goon Sax's debut Up To Anything is exactly what you need! Simple pop melodies and innocent lyrics combine to take you right to the heart of your teenage years - the drama, high stakes and the excitement that comes with growing up. The Brisbane trio, Louis Forster, James Harrison and Riley Jones met at high school in 2013 and played their first gig just one month after forming - in the last year they’ve played with Blank Realm, Twerps, US Girls and Crayon Fields. The hype surrounding this young band is well founded. My prediction is that post release Up To Anything will be lighting up stereos and faces all over Melbourne.

By Cat – The Breakfast Spread

This week's Top 10:

Ben Winkelman Trio - The Knife
The Goon Sax - Up To Anything
Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
NY*AK - Dollar EP
Mugstar - Magnetic Seasons
VA: God Don't Never Change - The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
M. Ward - More Rain
Bombus - Repeat Until Death
Basement Freaks - Time Machine
VA: Womad Australia and New Zealand 2016