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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
Wilde Señoritas Wilde Señoritas 15:50    
Album only
Track length:15:50
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299909
2
Saitengebilde (Last Part to Dudu) Saitengebilde (Last Part to Dudu) 18:17    
Album only
Track length:18:17
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299910
3
Hexensabbat Hexensabbat 9:06    
Album only
Track length:9:06
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299911
4
Rapunzel ... Rapunzel ...! Rapunzel ... Rapunzel ...! 11:47    
Album only
Track length:11:47
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299912
5
Chabis Chabis 2:28    
Album only
Track length:2:28
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299913
6
Choix Mixed Choix Mixed 4:57    
Album only
Track length:4:57
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299914
7
Dykes On Bykes Dykes On Bykes 4:21    
Album only
Track length:4:21
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299915
8
Lavender Valse Lavender Valse 3:16    
Album only
Track length:3:16
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299916
9
Monkey Woman Monkey Woman 3:55    
Album only
Track length:3:55
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299917
10
Baba-Rum Baba-Rum 4:02    
Album only
Track length:4:02
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700299918

Irène Schweizer, Piano

Liner Notes: Patrik Landolt
Cover Design: Peter Frey
Fotos: Dagmar Gebers
First released on FMP 1977, 1978

With both these records, Wilde Señoritas and Hexensabbat, the young pianist from Switzerland presented her first solo recordings, in 1977 and 1978 respectively: a firework of modern jazz piano music.

The first solo records of a female European jazz pianist were listened to as a manifesto of free music and as a document of emancipation.

Wilde Señoritas and Hexensabbat count today, twenty-five years later, as classics of modern jazz music. A great female pianist can be heard on these recordings, mostly made live. Schweizer's technique was already developed, her influences and roots can be heard clearly. In a record review of Hexensabbat, the musician Lindsay Cooper emphasized back then that Irène Schweizer was experimental as well as warm and communicative ­ qualities that still characterize the music of Irène Schweizer today.

The records Wilde Señoritas and Hexensabbat have been out of print for a good ten years. Intakt Records obtained the rights from the Berlin label FMP and is now re-releasing both records in a single collection.

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...