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Big Wheel 09:05
Luce Oscura 04:58
Miniature 01:16
Crosswinds 09:07
Studio Song 03:34
Inside 06:56
Aeon 05:58


Intakt CD 323

Christoph Irniger, a prodigious stylist with a warm sound, presents the third album with his band Pilgrim on Intakt Records. With "Crosswinds" the saxophonist who relishes adventure and surprise delivers a cultivated studio album. Multi-layered, subtle and melodically entangled, the eight pieces radiate a wondrous, atmospheric tranquility. A highly nuanced music with a magical sound.
Peter Margasak writes in the liner notes: „Crosswinds – this new, gorgeously considered, but luxuriantly open new recording by tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger’s Pilgrim – is palpably more relaxed on the surface than the quintet’s previous albums, yet beneath that veneer of calm is intensely focused and rigorous interplay as well as a level of risk-taking. Irniger and his bandmates have developed a richly contemporary sound that melds ideas from some of the most harmonically advanced thinkers in the US with a distinctly European flavor heard most explicitly“.


released January 18, 2019

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

Recorded April 15–18, 2018 and mixed June 21–22,
2018 by Gérard de Haro, assisted by Anaëlle Marsollier
at Studio La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines, France.
Mastered in July 2018 at Pousaz Sound Lab by André
Pousaz. Liner notes by Peter Margasak.
Cover art: le_steffou. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder.


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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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