Already recognized as Germany’s rising piano star, Pablo Held gained well-deserved international acclaim in 2015 for his collaborative album The Trio Meets John Scofield. His trio was praised for its tight, fluent ensemble playing, which has developed even further in recent years, for example in the direction of classical music. This spring sees the release of their eleventh album, another collaboration with a guitar hero, Nelson Veras. This Brazilian acoustic player received abundant praise from famous colleagues such as Pat Martino and Lionel Loueke. ‘With Nelson, I’ve been listening to his records for years’, says Pablo Held. ‘He’s a complete musician who obviously has roots in many different places, but branches out into the sky.’ ‘It is as if they play as one’ (London Jazz News on the Pablo Held Trio).