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Irene Schweizer

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Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer (1941), who had cut her teeth in a local trio with drummer Mani Neumeier. A few months after British saxophonist Joe Harriott, she pioneered Indo-jazz fusion by recording Jazz Meets India (october 1967), that featured a jazz quintet with trumpeter Manfred Schoof and Neumaier improvising with and a trio of Indian musicians (Diwan Motihar on sitar, Keshav Sathe on tabla, Kasan Thakur on tamboura). She achieved notoriety in a trio with bassist Peter Kowald and drummer Pierre Favre that debuted on Santana (october 1968), with the 14-minute Santana. That trio became a Quartett (november 1969) with the addition of British saxophonist Evan Parker (the 19-minute Where are all the old cop sets Clancy)

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Celebration

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Former Dialogue; Hot Sunflowers; The Good Life; Twister; Stringfever; Blues For Crelier; Nickelsdorf Glow; Celebration; Song For Johnny—In Memory of Johnny Dyani.

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Article: Radio

Melanie Charles, Leo Sidran, Irène Schweizer, Ofentse Moses Sebula & Other New Releases

Read "Melanie Charles, Leo Sidran, Irène Schweizer, Ofentse Moses Sebula & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Leo Sidran and Kat Edmonson's latest single introduce the Art of Conversation in jazz. Irène Schweizer & Hamid Drake, and Javier Santiago & Melanie Charles continue it as a dialogue; Keith Brown and Garage a Trois as a trialougue; Dina Ramirez, Roberto Negro, Erik Fratzke as a quadralogue; Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Makram Aboul Hosn, Ofentse Moses Sebula ...

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Article: Radio

Dave Holland Trio, Sonny Simmons, Astral Spirits & El Negocito Releases

Read "Dave Holland Trio, Sonny Simmons, Astral Spirits & El Negocito Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's something in this episode for just about everybody. You'll hear samples from the new Dave Holland trio project, some hard-nosed improv from new releases on the Astral Spirits label (including a re-release of Cleveland's legendary Vernacular Trio), a look through some releases from the interesting catalogue of Belgium's El Negocito Records, a walk down memory ...

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Article: Radio

Schweizer & Drake, Tom Rainey & El Negocito Artists

Read "Schweizer & Drake, Tom Rainey & El Negocito Artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode features some excellent new releases: veteran free jazzers, pianist Irène Schweizer and drummer Hamid Drake, tearing it up at a European festival, the sublime trio Ocelot from Brooklyn, South Korean drummer Soojin Suh, pianist Dahveed Behroozi, Tom Rainey & Obligato live in Europe, and Split-Bit from jny: Berlin, plus tracks from several artists who ...

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Irene Schweizer / Hamid Drake: Celebration

Read "Celebration" reviewed by Troy Dostert


If John Coltrane was the dominant figure behind the rise of Impulse Records in the 1960s, and Wayne Shorter played a similar role for Blue Note in the same decade, one could argue that pianist Irène Schweizer has placed her stamp upon Intakt Records. Certainly the Swiss avant-garde label has embraced that relationship, as aside from ...

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Irene Schweizer / Hamid Drake: Celebration

Read "Celebration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Celebration is a walloping storm of free jazz, rolling in on a hard-hitting percussion mode. Pianist Irene Schweizer holds down the piano chair, Hamid Drake is behind the drum kit. The pair has played and recorded together often. The opener, “A Former Dialogue," introduces us to a drum thunder and a splattering of fat piano-crafted raindrops. ...

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Mostly Outside

Read "Mostly Outside" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Time for a traditional mixed-bag podcast ranging over the decades and through musical styles, though 2001 gets special treatment for whatever reason. Artists range from an Ornette Coleman-esque quartet from the sixties to an uplifting piano trio from right now, with an outward questing pianist and trumpeter in the middle of the sandwich. Pop matters dwells ...

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Joe Lovano: Garden of Expression

Read "Garden of Expression" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Joe Lovano's entire recording career has been in the company of jazz greats since his debut with the Paul Motian Quintet in 1985. Lovano's hard bop days seem like a distant memory since his association with ECM began. Garden of Expression is the saxophonist's second project with his Trio Tapestry of pianist Marilyn Crispell, and drummer ...

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Article: Book Review

Universal Tonality - The Life and Music of William Parker

Read "Universal Tonality - The Life and Music of William Parker" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Universal Tonality -The Life and Music of William Parker Cisco Bradley 408 pagine Duke University Press 2021 Ricordiamo bene l'esibizione della Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, il 31 maggio 1998, al Teatro Nuovo di Verona, menzionata nelle prime righe dell'introduzione di Universal Tonality--The Life and Music of William Parker, ...


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