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Certainty Sympathy

Artist: Christoph Gallio
Christoph Gallio - Certainty Sympathy CD
Label: Percaso
Regular Price: $15.95
On Sale For: $7.98 
Year: 1988
Format: CD


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An extended 40-minute work, really a kind of suite made up of many short episodes. Although credited as soprano saxophonist Christoph Gallio‘s composition, his Partners Matthew Ostrowski and Alfred zimmerlin clearly made significant contributions. The trio sound like they have played together a lot, and seem comletely confortable with the stylistic range and extreme contrast. The sectional arrangement could have made for a disjointed effect, but for me it kept things fresh.
OPTION, Mark Sullivan

This is one of the most unusual and worthy things I‘ve heard on compact disc. Certainty Sympathy is a composition by saxophonist Christoph Gallio in conjunction with cellist Alfred Zimmerlin and electronic operator Matthew Ostrowski. The piece is captured on this recording in one forty minute track. There is no skipping around........Certainty Sympathy sounds like an improvisational piece that has been chopped into little pieces and divided by samples of birds and orgasmic female voices and shortwave noise and silence, but I heard this performance live and they reproduce the whole composition amazingly closely. It is temting to trace the whole modern music from Ellington and Stravinsky to Mingus and Stockhausen, etc., etc.. through this music. But it would be a waste of time. This is clever, humourus, smart music. The recorded version functions alternately as background sound or the focus of the listener‘s full attention, depending upon the effort one puts toward it.

Christoph Gallio (soprano sax); Matthew Ostrowski (electronics); Alfred Zimmerlin (cello)
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