Irene Schweizer: Many And One Direction - Piano Solo
On “Huben Wie Druben”, Ms Schweizer constructs Bill Evans-type harmonics and melodies while featuring her rhythmically active left hand, that at times conveys somewhat of a classical outlook. Here, the pianist creates enticing melodies along with shifting meter and acute improvisation, which equates to – superb invention! The piece titled, “Jungle Beats. Dedicated to D.C.”, features themes performed in various octaves supplemented by furious right hand single note leads in tandem with a tempestuous pulse.
Ms Schweizer is also a master at integrating sonorous themes and melodies with on-the-fly improvisation and rapid development. On “Last Call”, the pianist settles into some free-jazz motifs while delicately strumming the piano strings as she furthers that concept with an exhilarating rhythmic sequence on the piece titled, “Saitenpfade”. Ms Schweizer also performs a brief, yet playful rendition of Carla Bley’s “Ictus” as she closes out this diverse affair with a straightforward and affable version of Monk’s “Chordially”.
Simply stated, Many And One Direction offers the listener a truly rousing glimpse of this remarkable musician. Don’t let this one slip by.......Highly recommended...* * * * ½
Irene Schweizer; Solo Piano
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Record Label: Intakt Records