Friday, December 10, 2010

Paul Giger - Alpstein

Violin virtuoso Paul Giger revisits his roots with this, his second solo recording, Alpstein, which features pieces for violin, saxophone, and percussion based on the folk traditions of the Alpstein region of Switzerland. Three pieces here are entitled "Zäuerli" -- named after the sad majestic "natur yodel" tradition of the Outer Rhoden region. These are sweeping and majestic with high harmonic bowstrokes. This recording features the saxophone work of Jan Garbarek and the percussion of Pierre Favre. Both add an incredible warmth to the recording on the pieces they are featured on, most notably "Alpsegen" with its soaring sax lines and manic percussion. Also notable is "Chlauseschuppel," featuring the sounds of cowbells specific to that region. Informative booklet included. - by Mark W.B. Allender, AMG

Artist: Paul Giger, Jan Garbarek, Pierre Favre
Album: Alpstein
Year: 1991
Label: ECM
Runtime:  62:34

Tracks:
1.  Zäuerli 3:10 
2.  Karma Shadub 13:41 
3.  Alpsegen 12:43 
4.  Zäuerli 1:53 
5.  Zäuerli 2:21 
6.  Chuereihe 17:33 
7.  Chlauseschuppel 4:09 
8.  Trogener Chilbiläbe 7:00 
All compositions by Paul Giger

Personnel:
Paul Giger (Violin)
Jan Garbarek (Tenor Saxophone)
Pierre Favre (Percussion)

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