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