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Jazz As Art

Pablo Held

Forest Spirits
from the album Ascent

 

When you listen to music, you sometimes conjure images in your mind. Our Jazz As Art series invites you to listen to a piece of jazz and as it plays, scroll down the page and see which of the pieces of art I have chosen comes closest to the pictures in your mind. Hopefully, this will introduce you to recordings and art works you might not have spent time with before.

 

Pablo Held

 

 

Pianist Pablo Held was born in Hagen, to the south of Dortmund in Germany. He studied jazz piano in Cologne from 2004 with John Taylor and Hubert Nuss and in 2006 formed his Trio with Robert Landfermann (bass) and  Jonas Burgwinkel (drums), since then they have released ten albums on the Pirouet and Edition labels.

Pablo has received numerous awards including the WDR Jazzpreis, the SWR Jazzpreis, the Horst & Gretl Will Scholarship, the Förderpreis des Landes NRW and the Westfalen Jazzpreis. He has collaborated with many top jazz musicians such John Scofield, Ralph Towner, Chris Potter, Jorge Nasheet Waits, Norma Winstone, Tom Harrell and Mike Gibbs, and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Canada. In 2018 he set out on the road with a new project "Pablo Held's Buoyancy Band" with Kit Downes, Percy Pursglove and Sean Carpio.

Since 2017 Pablo has been curating his own concert series at the LOFT in Cologne called "Pablo Held Meets". He also teaches at the IFM Osnabrück, at the Conservatory of Maastricht and gives workshops worldwide.

 

Pablo Held Ascent

Pablo Held’s new album, Ascent, his second for Edition Records, is a collaboration between his long-running trio and the great Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras. Regarded as one of the most talented and adventurous pianists and improvisors in Europe, Pablo has been building a formidable reputation, not only as a pianist of outstanding ability but also for his considerable musicality, energy and risk-taking. Ascent is described as 'a deeply satisfying fusion of powerful and expressive music'.

So how would I describe the album? As you would expect, a trio that has been playing together for a long time has a mutual understanding and guitarist Nelson Veras fits seamlessly with the others. I particularly like his playing on two tracks, Forest Spirits and Seizing where the drums are held back in the mix and guitar and bass play together.

The first track, Unlocking Mechanisms, and track 4, Forest Spirits, tell you what to expect as their titles are descriptive. Some tracks are explorative with ideas coming fast from the piano, and which for me needed repeat listening to appreciate them. On the other hand, tracks 7 and 8, Musica Callada # 24 and Excerpt From Piano Concerto # 4, I find immediately, lyrically satisfying. Here again I really appreciate Robert Landfermann's bass playing. Pablo Held's Trio is well worth discovering.

There is a 2 hour video of the Trio with Nelson Veras from June 2019 playing many tunes from the album, and some others, if you click here. For details and samples of the album on Bandcamp click here.

 

For our Jazz As Art feature we can listen to the track Forest Spirits from the album. Play the music and scroll down to see the pictures I have chosen to go with the music. See what you think - is there a picture that works best for you?.
(I think this only works if you spend time with each painting).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papilio

 

 

Papilio painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leonid Afremov

 

 

 

 

Afremov Playing The Guitar

 

 

 

 

 

Egle Terminaite

 

 

 

 

Egle Terminaite painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Chinnery

 

 

 

 

Simon Chinnory painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie Gardiner

 

 

 

 

Jackie Gardiner painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncredited painting of The Leshy

 

 

 

 

The Leshy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmin Langsch

 

 

 

 

Jasmin Langsch High Spirits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Gaida

 

 

 

 

Philip Gaida Double Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kamila Kretus

 

 

 

 

Kamila Kretus Dancing Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Bateman

 

 

 

 

Robert Bateman Spirits of the Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy-Ann Marrison

 

 

 

 

Tracy Ann Marrison painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Miller

 

 

 

 

David Miller Waterfalls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillipe Monthoux

 

 

 

 

Phillipe Monthoux Autumn Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Zbasnik

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Zbasnik painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Froud

 

 

 

 

Brian Froud Green Man

 

 

 

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