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Rag 04:40
Köln 06:37
Green 03:04
Last Jump 06:50
The Road 03:20
White 06:20
Ugly Beauty 03:20
6243D 02:05
Blue 05:12


Intakt CD 234

Unintentionally, spontaneously, amusingly, most Monkish," writes American Jazzcritik Art Lange about the music of Jürg Wickihalder and Irène Schweizer.

After years of cooperation and many duo-concerts Irène Schweizer and Jürg Wickihalder present the first duo-recording – with compositions of Wickihalder, Schweizer and two beautiful pieces of Thelonious Monk. Music with a strong jazz feeling. Firm rhythm and decisive statements. Bert Noglik writes in the liner notes: "Irène Schweizer raves about the tone Wickihalder achieves on the soprano sax; he calls her "his favourite drummer on the piano" – a fine compliment to a pianist who has demonstrated her affinity with percussionists in a series of duo recordings with drummers.

The pieces Jürg Wickihalder has composed for the duo are perfect for Schweizer. He knows exactly what suits her when. The entire history of jazz plays a role: Lacy, Rollins and Coltrane, Monk, Dollar Brand, Horace Silver and Mal Waldron, even a few particles of Harlem Stride Piano – but all of it filtered, not as direct quotations; they have made it their own: Reflections. Irène Schweizer, who also plays piano in Jürg Wickihalder's European Quartet, is a very sympathetic partner for the saxophonist. Right from the start he had to earn his keep and prove himself; it was not about scoring points. The two have rehearsed together a lot. The fact that we don't always notice this is proof of their mastery. What we do notice is their immense trust in each other. While they hone their craft on Monk, it's always in the knowledge that the crucial spark does not light up in the notes but between them."




released September 15, 2014

Irène Schweizer: Piano
Jürg Wickihalder: Tenor- and Soprano Saxophone

1. Red Light Crossing Friends - Jürg Wickihalder
2. Rag - Irène Schweizer
3. Köln - Jürg Wickihalder
4. Green - Wickihalder/Schweizer
5. Last Jump - Jürg Wickihalder
6. The Road - Wickihalder/Schweizer
7. White Jürg - Wickihalder
8. Ugly Beauty - helonious Monk
9. 6243D - ürg Wickihalder
10. Trinkle Tinkle - Thelonious Monk
11. Blue - Wickihalder/Schweizer
12. Just a Gigolo - Leonello Casucci

Recorded February 6, 7, 2014, at Loft Köln by Christian Heck. Mixed in May 2014 at Tonart Studio by Jürg Wickihalder and Christian Heck. Mastered by Andreas Kolinski, Cover art and design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Bert Noglik. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.


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Irène Schweizer Zürich, Switzerland

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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