sound, a touch of tradition and a sense of time and place are the
ingredients for the Christian Pabst Trio’s Days of Infinity (Challenge
The group consists of Pabst on piano and Rhodes, David Andres on bass and
Andreas Klein on drums.
The set opens with the sweeping “Fly and Unfold,” a placid song in 3/4
time. Ably supported by Andres and Klein, Pabst lets his fingers fly.
However, as charming as it is, the piece doesn’t completely satisfy. At
less than two and a half minutes, it leaves something on the table.
That’s not the case with “A Poet’s Path.” Gerard Presencer joins the trio
on this and other tracks, playing trumpet and flugelhorn. Horn and Rhodes
stretch out individually, and the foursome complement one another well.
Presencer also takes point on the lively “Tales from the City.” The upbeat
mood conjures images of daytime traffic and nighttime fun.
All songs were composed by Pabst, except “Deja-Vu,” which was penned by
Pabst was born in 1984 in Saarlouis, a German village near the French
border. He began studying piano at age 7, and by the time he was 15, he
was the pianist in a jazz big band. Since then, he has performed
extensively throughout Europe, studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
in the Netherlands. He has also studied in the United States at the
Berklee College of Music. He also teaches piano and harmony in workshops.