May 14, 2021
Christian Pabst’s fourth album is titled Balbec and was released by Jazz Sick.
A German pianist who lived for many years in Amsterdam before moving permanently to Perugia last year, Christian Pabst has recently released his latest album entitled Balbec. André Nendza on double bass (also from Germany) and Erik Kooger (from Holland) on drums accompany the musician in the seven original songs of the record.
The album takes its title from a coastal – and imaginary – city invented by Marcel Proust in his famous novel “In Search of Lost Time”, precisely the place where the protagonist spends the summers of his youth. Pabst writes in the liner notes: “I moved to Italy in the spring of 2020, during the pandemic. I feel much calmer in Perugia. I have the impression of having more space, more contact with nature and, above all, simpler and more profound human relationships. It’s hard to find all of these things in big cities where only business matters. Now I’m happy because instead of running every day I can focus one hundred percent on my family and my music”.
The record moves following the sonic coordinates of contemporary jazz, with an elegant and modern rhythm section (“Revelation”, “Flight”) that supports the continuous inventions of the leader. The approach is generally rhythmic and aggressive, although there are also softer and more relaxed moments (the Latin groove and the beautiful melody of the title track, the atmospheres – sometimes even disturbing – of “Snow”). Particularly interesting are the long “Storm”, the brilliant “Golden” (a jazz waltz with many different sections) and the mysterious and magical sounds of “Snake”.
Balbec is a well written and well played album; despite having been made with one of the most used formations in the history of jazz (the piano trio) it contains numerous elements of originality and is pleasantly listened to over and over again.
Christian Pabst Balbec Jazz Sick2021 © Jazzespresso 2021
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