When it comes to counting the Pablo Held Trio’s qualities, critics do not cut down on superlatives. There is talk of “the shooting star among young jazz pianists”, of “an ideal combination of improvisational imagination and musical economy” and of “one of the most exciting young groups of German jazz”. With good reason, for pianist Pablo Held, bassist Robert Landfermann and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel are more than a just a trio. They form one of the few symbiotic units in the piano trio’s more recent history. The trinity's intentions flow together in one common stream, the course and density of which time and again is full of surprises.
Pablo Held combines the tranquillity of the routinier, at home at nearly every major European jazz festival, with the ravenous appetite of a man in his mid-twenties, wanting to experience jazz from every imaginable perspective. In each piece the romanticist as well as the rationalist mark out their terrain.