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Christian Muenchinger

Saxophonist Christian Muenchinger was born in Zurich in 1969. He studied first at the Jazz School of Zurich and changed later to Bern, where he received his diploma. He has studied with Andy Scherrer and has participated in workshops with Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, David Liebman, Billy Brooks and Joe Haider. The saxophonist has played with several well known musicians like Clark Terry, George Robert, Jimmy Woode, Barry Finerty, John Engels, Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz as well as with vocalist Sandy Patton. He was a member of the SJS Big Band, with whom he has performed at Birdland in New York and at the “Blues Alley” in Washington DC. With his own quartet, he has toured Europe and has himself been a member of the Zurich Jazz Orchestra. This album is his third under his own name. After The quintet recording “five of a kind” (1995) and an album with a quartet “live at moods!” (1999) for the German record label “Mons Records”. The Record “Balanced Action” is his forth Album under his own name.
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Homage to the Masters

Born in Zurich in 1969, the saxophonist C.M. has studied jazz history intensively and internalised it - in particular, the tradition of the master tenor saxophonist. In his playing we recognize them all: Sonny Rollins (in the cadences of the ballad “The Nearness of You”), Dexter Gordon, and especially John Coltrane, to name but a few. On his latest CD, the experienced hard bop musician salutes all these greats, taking the listener on an impressive journey. Both Münchinger's compositions and his improvisations are full of references to his idols

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