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Albums by Irène Schweizer

First Choice - Piano Solo KKL Luzern
To Whom It May Concern - Piano Solo Tonhalle Zürich
Wilde Señoritas / Hexensabbat
1
To Whom It May Concern To Whom It May Concern 10:47    
Album only
Track length:10:47
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2701201600
2
Hüben ohne drüben Hüben ohne drüben 4:39    
Album only
Track length:4:39
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2701201601
3
Scratching at the Tonhalle Scratching at the Tonhalle 4:52    
Album only
Track length:4:52
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2701201602
4
Jungle Beat III / the Train and the Riv… Jungle Beat III / the Train and the River 5:49    
Album only
Track length:5:49
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Jimmy Giuffre
Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2701201603
5
Homage to Don Cherry Homage to Don Cherry 3:59    
Album only
Track length:3:59
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2701201604
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Ida Lupino Ida Lupino 3:48    
Album only
Track length:3:48
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Carla Bley
ISRC: CH2701201605
7
Four in One Four in One 2:51    
Album only
Track length:2:51
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Thelonious Monk
ISRC: CH2701201606
8
Bleu Foncé Bleu Foncé 4:18    
Album only
Track length:4:18
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2701201607
9
Xaba Xaba 4:24    
Album only
Track length:4:24
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Dollar Brand
ISRC: CH2701201608
10
Final Ending Final Ending 5:50    
Album only
Track length:5:50
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2701201609

The pianist Irène Schweizer, one of the most important exponents of contemporary Jazz, at the same time rebel and innovator of the highest order, gave a solo recital in the Great Hall of the Tonhalle, which is world-famous for its acoustics. She played a programme which, alongside her own compositions and improvisations, included pieces by Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Giuffre, Carla Bley – and by Dollar Brand. 
The performance turned out to be one of her finest hours. Everything we appreciate so much about Irène Schweizer was there that evening: the freshness, the curiosity, the open mindedness that is familiar with all that from Ragtime to the Second Viennese School, from melomaniacal South African hymns to Cecil Taylor eruptions. This artist is as impulsive as she is down-to-earth, as determined as she is modest. Her performance in the Tonhalle ended the same way it had begun: with a standing ovation.

Irène Schweizer: Piano

 


Recorded April 11, 2011 at Tonhalle Zürich by Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. Sound engineer:
Michaela Wiesbeck. Radio producer: Peter Bürli. Mixed and mastered by Michaela Wiesbeck.

 

2012 Intakt Records

About Irène Schweizer:

One of the most important players in European jazz, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer has made music bristling with spontaneity and curiosity for more than four decades now. Enraptured by the high-energy acrobatics of Cecil Taylor in the late 60s, she left the safety of straight jazz and fell in with fiercely individualistic players like Evan Parker and Peter Brötzmann, but not even the most aggressive partners have curdled the lyricism at the core of her style. She’s worked occasionally as a drummer, and her piano playing is also highly rhythmic – she’s a natural for duets with drummers, like the opening track of the recent live disc Willisau & Taktlos (Intakt), where she and Hamid Drake dart and jab like Astaire and Rogers dancing on coals. But she might be even stronger solo: without a drummer’s toes to step on, she can stretch out into that role as well. Her left-hand parts are thunderous and lively, with a strong sense of space and syncopation, and her ebullient, pixie-ish melo...