Half Notes: Christian Pabst Trio – Days Of Infinity (2011)

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German pianist Christian Pabst is still studying (at the European Jazz Master’s Programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam), but his new CD with his longtime trio shows that he’s already learned a lot. Maybe it only seems that way because of the rapport he’s developed over the years with drummer Andreas Klein and bassist David Andres, or maybe because Pabst is a fast learner, but for whatever reason, their new album Days Of Infinity is a real treat bursting with new twists on old ideas. “A Poet’s Path” (video of live performance below) is one of the better amalgamations of hip hop with organic jazz I’ve heard from anyone. “Tales From THe City” is a creative re-write of Chick Corea’s “Windows.” On the very next track, “Into The Lake,” Pabst’s outfit makes a convincing impersonation of Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette’s trio. “Here And Now”‘s hypnotic ostinato seems to draw inspiration from In A Silent Way‘s “Shh/Peaceful.” British trumpeter Gerard Presencer lends his creamy-sounding horn to four of these ten originals, and that additional voice mixes things up even further. At twenty-seven yeaers old and still absorbing the teachings of others, Pabst’s own voice may still be evolving, but that doesn’t make his developing stage any less gratifying to listen to. And Days Of Infinity is, from beginning to end.

Out since July 12, Days Of Infinity is offered by Challenge Records.

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