Album Remarks & Appraisals:
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?’
Personnel: Ziv Ravitz (drums); Christoph Irniger (tenor saxophone).
Audio Mixer: Ziv Ravitz.
Liner Note Author: Kevin Whitehead.
Recording information: Studio La Fonderie, Fribourg (12/2014).
Photographer: Peter Purgar.