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CD 269

The music of this concert is adventurous, taking the liberty of breaking all the rules of style through playing without getting totally out of hand“, writes Christian Rentsch in the liner notes. In short: This CD is a stroke of luck.

For decades, the live recording of the Musical Monsters from 30 August 1980 lay carefully packed away in the archives of the Jazzfestival Willisau. When Irène Schweizer got to hear the recordings it was immediately clear to her: This recording has to be put out. Not only because the concert documents her only collaboration with trumpet player Don Cherry, one of the great pioneers of Free Jazz, but first and foremost because the music on these tapes is so unbelievably fresh and alive, so contemporary and up-to-date as only very few recordings of European Free Jazz.

Four ‘head’ arrangements act as a kind of flexible road map between the solos and the collective improvisations: “Real Kirsten”, “Transportation of noodles” (both by John Tchicai), “Xongly” by the Danish composer Pierre Dørge and, as an encore, “Pà Tirstag” (again by John Tchicai).




released August 15, 2016

Don Cherry: Trumpet
John Tchicai: Alto Saxophone, Voice
Irène Schweizer: Piano
Léon Francioli: Bass
Pierre Favre: Drums

Recorded August 30, 1980, at Jazzfestival Willisau. Festival organised by Niklaus Troxler. Recording engineer: Peter Pfister. Mastered by Willy Strehler 2016. Music by Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Irène Schweizer, Léon Francioli, Pierre Favre, except "Real Kirsten" by John Tchicai (Musical Monsters 1), "Transportation of Noodles" by John Tchicai (Musical Monsters 2), "Xongly" by Pierre Dørge (Musical Monsters 3), "Pà Tirstag" by John Tchicai (Musical Monsters 4). Cover art: Niklaus Troxler. Photos: Markus di Francesco. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Christian Rentsch. Produced by Irène Schweizer and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.


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The pianist Irène Schweizer, born in 1941, is a figurehead of Swiss jazz and is one of the founders of European free jazz.

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