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Intakt CD 271

The quintet Pilgrim, founded by Zurich based tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger, has become over the years one of the most exciting ensembles in young European Jazz. After the highly praised group’s latest studio recording 'Italian Circus Story', Pilgrim - driven by enthusiasm and inventiveness - presents the vibrant live album 'Big Wheel'. Recorded during acclaimed concerts in Ratzeburg, Berlin and Altenburg, Pilgrim plays full of verve, with plenty of room for spontaneity and improvisation and demonstrates impressively their pulsating music. Henning Bolte writes in the liner notes: „Pilgrim creates a deep field of sound with alternating foreground and background, full of echo effects, fading surfaces, frizzing lines, and swirls like falling leaves. This tonal richness is no self-sufficient affair, but time after time it emerges from unusual, surprising turning points and dynamic openings.“



released September 15, 2016

Christoph Irniger: Tenor Saxophone
Dave Gisler: Guitar
Stefan Aeby: Piano
Raffaele Bossard Bass
Michi Stulz: Drums

Recorded live in November 2015 by Hannes Kumke. Tracks 1, 5 & 6 at Rokokosaal at Kreismuseum, Ratzeburg, 2 at Jazzclub A-Trane, Berlin, 3 & 4 at Jazzklub Altenburg, Altenburg. Mixed by Hannes Kumke. Mastered by Alex Huber.Liner notes by Henning Bolte. Cover art: Danny Gretscher. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photo: Cees van de Ven. Produced by Christoph Irniger and Intakt Records. Published by Intakt Records


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Christoph Irniger Zürich, Switzerland

Christoph Irniger, born 1979, is a Swiss saxophonist, composer and bandleader. In recent years, Irniger has made a name for himself in a range of line-ups, playing jazz, rock and related musical styles. His work has been documented on twenty albums to date. He has played concerts and tours throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. ... more

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