Les Diaboliques (Schweizer, Nicols & Leandre): Live At The Rhinefalls
On “Tongue Talking”, Ms. Nicols mimics Mme. Leandre’s razor edged arco-bass lines yet also, injects a paradoxical caricature of her, at times, angelic choir-like attributes. Irene Schweizer once again instills percussive power into this diverse repertoire as the trio’s uncanny rhythmic articulations accelerate the sinuous passages, complete with mesmerizing three-way dialogue and abstract voicings. Essentially, the band embarks on a whimsical journey brimming with suspense, tension, and wit. The instrumentalists intuitive interplay, semi-austere classicism, and modern jazz dialogue allows this trio to offer more twists, turns, and diversions then one might be accustomed to in one sitting. The end results prove to be stimulating and rewarding. Needless to state, the audience in attendance seemed enthralled by the vibrant proceedings. Highly recommended.
* * * * ½ (out of * * * * *) ( Intakt Records )
Track Listing: 1) Mercurial Drama 2) Almost Straight Ahead 3) Rheingefallen 4) Tongue Talking 5) Diverse Moods
Personnel: Irene Schweizer; Piano: Maggie Nicols; Voice: Joelle Leandre; Bass
Record Label: Intakt Records
Style: Modern Jazz