144

Les Diaboliques (Schweizer, Nicols & Leandre): Live At The Rhinefalls

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Les Diaboliques (Schweizer, Nicols & Leandre): Live At The Rhinefalls For this new release titled Live At The Rhinefalls, pianist Irene Schweizer, vocalist Maggie Nicols, and bassist Joelle Leandre further illustrate the band’s often satirical assault on the free jazz/improvisational scene. Known as “Les Diaboliques” (the devilish ones) the trio pursues melodramatic histrionics under the umbrella of free improv. Ms. Nicols’ technically brilliant yet often humorous vocalise shines forth like a radiant evening star as she engages in captivating call and response outbursts with her exceptionally talented musical companions, utilizing witty narratives, scat singing, and infectious counter-currents on pieces such as “Mercurial Dream” and “Almost Straight Ahead”.

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

Title: Live At The Rhinefalls | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Intakt Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Open Book CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Stolen Moments CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Sonder CD/LP/Track Review Sonder
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Putting Off Death CD/LP/Track Review Putting Off Death
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Process And Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Trane 90" CD/LP/Track Review Trane 90
by Jim Trageser
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "Rise Of Orion" CD/LP/Track Review Rise Of Orion
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "The Arrangement" CD/LP/Track Review The Arrangement
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: June 11, 2017
Read "Small World" CD/LP/Track Review Small World
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 26, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.