IRENE SCHWEIZER - "Live at Taktlos", Intakt
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For a career spanning four decades, Irene Schweizer's 'Live at Taktlos' was a ground-breaking moment for a number of reasons. First of all, it marked the physical beginning of Intakt Records, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. [In fact, a retrospective CD of Irene's work is slated for release later on this month on Intakt.] On another level, it marked Irene's distinct collaboration with the cream of the crop of the improvised scene. Musicians such as trombonist George Lewis, vocalist Maggie Nicols, bassist Joelle Leandre, percussionists Paul Lovens and Gunter Sommer and pianist Lindsay Cooper all came together at the Rote Fabrik in Zurich for the Taktlos Festival in 1984 to put this work on tape. Each of the four pieces features a different line up of musicians and each is as distinct and individual as every one of Irene's records. What I love the most about this particular Irene Schweizer record is the distinct opportunity to be able to hear her in a different line up within a short span of time.

There is the subtlety of 'First Meeting', where George Lewis trades hefty trombone overtures alongside Irene's introspective jump-like piano figurines. Then, we come to 'Lungs and Legs Willing?' during which Maggie Nicol's mighty vocal chords dominate the scenery. It's actually wonderful to hear her accompany Gunter Sommer's subtle percussion moves, especially when the two get into a slower mode. The album closes with a jovial anthem 'Every Now and Then', where Maggie Nicols proclaims 'I'll be yours every now and then'.every few months for a few seconds, I'll be yours'. A perfect closer to an album that is as rich in ideas as it is in its execution.

Tom Sekowski


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