Christian Pabst TRIO -]|[- DAYS OF INFINITY -(MP3)- [Challenge Records Int., 2011] – Album Reviewed –
Just days ago I received this new recording titled “Days of Infinity” by a young composer /pianist from Germany named Christian Pabst. Sometimes we can neglect listening to new artists, but doing so isn’t exactly at the top of my list. In fact, for those of you who frequent this spot know I love listening to, publishing and reviewing music by them. In this case, I’m thankful for Father of time allowed me the opportunity to listen to extraordinary pianist named Christian Pabst.
“Days of Infinity” was recorded and is available on Challenge Records Int features a gifted cast of International musicians which includes Gerard Presencer (Trumpet & Flugelhorn) – David Andres (Bass) – Andreas Klein (drums) and Christian Pabst (Piano & Rhodes).
“Fly and Unfold” the lead piece of ten selections opens this charismatic, flexible and substantive palette of compelling songs found exclusively on and throughout “Days of Infinity.” Although short in time, this jewel is armed with significant details as it dances inexplicably with intensity and creative spirit I’ve come to expect from this music called jazz.
Compositionally Pabst studied in Amsterdam and Paris, he’s quite comfortable entwining layers of melodies and harmonics to flow intricately through the fabric of my favorite “A Poet’s Path.” Being a fan of Herbie Hancock, I’m sure you can hear why Pabst was influenced to meet the challenge better yet accomplish such and enormous task admirably. His accomplices interact extremely well as they engage in memorable interplay accents this gem features British trumpeter Gerard Presencer.
Melodically “…Und der Regen” at the second spot is tightly threaded with configurable twists, jolts and turns is another ear bender for music lovers to wrap not only their ears but their minds around this one.
Within the body of “Days of Infinity,” there’s no mistake the quality of songs here are aligned with multiple sequences and layers of intriguing themes and storylines. The musicians clearly make their imprint on “Tales from the City.” For anyone that has doubt, these guys can not only burn but swing with aggressive and poetic finesse.
As inimitable soloist, the Trio clings onto the idea intimacy. Their indelible musings is an integral part of “Into the Lake.” One’s ability to change gears is imperative to me, they must be able to flow graciously with the immeasurable fluidity … the Trio does so flawlessly on this piece.
You’re heard the term “the hook factor or the hook”? The next piece “Here and Now” undoubtedly has it! In a quartet setting once again, their surprising twists anchored to sudden bursts of vivacity with subplots penetrating underneath are very impressive to say the least.
All the compositions except one were written by Christian Pabst. “Deja-Vu,” is the one piece was pen by the incomparable David Andres. A host of thoughtful and surreal melodies are explored by the Trio, they quietly transcend through the open ended passages frame by note to reveal their unparalleled sensitivity.
Pabst grab my attention with another unanticipated masterpiece this one’s titled “Sarasate.” On this gem, once more he caresses the keys with a humanizing touch of endearment to inevitably soar with virtuosity ushers his cohorts into and enchanting movement of solidarity.
In a dreamlike state the ensemble revisits the opening piece in reverse order on “Unfold and Fly” to remind us that life is indeed good regardless of our circumstances. The lovely yet heart throbbing “Hymn for the Forgotten Ones” propels forward to close the session.
Indeed, I am thrilled with the music embodied on “Days of Infinity”! Why, because I love the piano as the lead instrument. As I hear it, this apparatus forces the artist to score music regardless of scale with power, humility and grace effortlessly without fear as they blend composition, playing ability and arranging skills together with a sense of creativity and inventiveness. Pianist Christian Pabst has done so brilliantly with this amazing recording. —Rob Young | Reviewer