JWQ Showcase 2017

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SWITZERLAND: CHRISTOPH IRNIGER PILGRIM-BIG WHEEL LIVE(Intakt 2016)





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


1. Entering The Concert Hall 9:44
2. Acid 12:41
3. Ending At The District 8:41
4. Falling II 11:59
5. Lost In Space 8:14
6. The Kraken 11:12

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.“ Intakt