This song was recorded in September 2013 at "Jazz im Seefeld", Zürich/Switzerland
The pieces on "Gowanus Canal", compositions by the bandleader and saxophonist Christoph Irniger and the bassist Raffaele Bossard, celebrate melody without once degenerating into the trivial. They are tone poems which demonstrate that accessible melodies and complex tonal worlds need not be mutually exclusive and can in fact make sense of each other. It's fine to sing along to this music, to dance even, while inadvertently realising how sophisticated and complex it actually is.
This is achieved because the rhythm section push the sonorous potential of their instruments way further than most classical trios. Using tones of every shade and colour, the drums and bass succeed in expanding the three-piece ensemble into a veritable orchestra.
The Christoph Irniger Trio was formed in New York and appears now with its first record on Intakt Records in summer 2013. All three musicians play in various other groups in Europe and the USA and in their short careers they have already had the opportunity to play and learn with jazz heavy-weights such as Joe Lovano, Ron Carter and Kurt Rosenwinkel.