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Air 04:28
Ocean Avenue 05:18
Dovescape 07:05
Blue Tips 04:06
Octopus 05:33
Iceland 04:04
VGO 05:54
Cripple X 06:07


Intakt CD 253

After the acclaimed album ‘Gowanus Canal’ in 2012, ‘Octopus’ is Christoph Irniger’s second release with his trio of Raffaele Bossard (double bass) and Ziv Ravitz (drums). The album is a studio recording from last autumn and shows the ensemble in fantastic shape.

Irniger is a master of orchestration and rejects the hierarchy of soloist-plus-rhythm. Instead of using the compositions as springboards for solos, he finds interesting ways for the improvisations to underline the compositional characteristics.

‘Melody, arrangement, improvisation: the trio fuse them all into one tightly integrated and alluring package,’ writes
American jazz critic Kevin Whitehead, and emphasizing the strength of Irninger’s melodies he asks: ‘Why should pop bands (and their listeners) have all the fun?’



released May 6, 2015

Christoph Irniger: Tenor Saxophone
Raffaele Bossard: Bass
Ziv Ravitz: Drums

All compositions by Christoph Irniger, except 3 & 9 by Raffaele Bossard (SUISA). Recorded in December, 2014, at Studio La Fonderie, Fribourg, by Florian Pittet. Mixed by Ziv Ravitz. Mastered by Martin Ruch. Liner notes: Kevin Whitehead. Photo: Peter Purgar. Cover art & graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Executive producer: Anja Illmaier. Produced by Christoph Irniger and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt. 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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