As a leader, Winther is notably generous, freely allowing his sidemen to take the spotlight. A fine example is pianist David Torkanowsky's strong presentation on Thelonious Monk's "Four In One," and it's hard to imagine any of this session taking place without the masterful contribution of Antonio Gambrell's trumpet. Ultimately, though, it's Winther's show, and that fact is never more evident than on the two original compositions that close the recording. "Erin's Song" is as fine an example of contemporary bebop as you'll find, and the title track, a richly textured ensemble performance, display's the rhythmic influence of what Winter's New Orleans forbearer Jelly Roll Morton dubbed "the Spanish tinge" while showcasing Winther's affinity for melodic improvisation.
With bassist David Pulphus and drummer Troy Davis rounding out the lineup of first rank New Orleans musicians in the quintet, Perspectives is the kind of debut that leaves me anxious to hear what's next.