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Schweizer-Nicols-Lewis-Leandre-Sommer: The Storming Of The Winter Palace

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The Storming Of The Winter Palace was originally released on LP in 1988 as Swiss based “Intakt Records” has thankfully chosen to reissue this most interesting recording on CD. The 26-minute opener, “Now and Never” offers a hearty mix of disparate motifs, glistening choruses and endearing interplay among trombonist George Lewis, vocalist Maggie Nicols, pianist Irene Schweizer, percussionist Gunter Sommer and bassist Joelle Leandre. Here, Ms Nicols displays a supremely masterful vocal range complete with spurts of humor, scat and spoken word intermingled with weaving, multidimensional ensemble work along with an abundance of peaks and valleys. The musicians entice one another with interesting dialogue and shrewd on-the-fly development yet many of these sequences sound composed or pre-planned. On “The Storming of the Winter Palace” George Lewis and Ms Leandre are the instigators who often prod Ms Nicols into operatic-style vocal pyrotechnics, which unto itself is rather amazing. The audience in attendance must have literally been on the edge of their seats during the final piece, titled “Living on the Edge” as the band pursue vivid theatrics, circular thematic movement along with some downright awe-inspiring drumming/percussion from Gunter Sommer.

The Storming Of The Winter Palace is a showstopper as this writer often thought of the visual aspects; hence, a video of this performance would have been an added treat as the music and overall intensity alludes to one heck of a live performance! * * * * ½

Personnel:

Irene Schweizer; Piano: Maggie Nicols; Voice: George Lewis; Trombone: Joelle Leandre; Bass: Gunter Sommer; Drums/Percussion

Web: www.intaktrec.ch

Title: The Storming Of The Winter Palace | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Intakt Records

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