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Bea Be Good 04:10
For Sabina 03:27
Twin Lines 05:24
So oder so 06:11


Intakt CD 073

"One of the most significant piano/sax duets
 Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer sets her free flowing improvisational tendencies aside for this relatively mainstream set featuring a series of duets with her compatriot, alto saxophonist Co Streiff. These grand madams of modern jazz take the listener on a direct path to joy and wonderment throughout this gorgeously stunning set of predominately Streiff original compositions. In fact, this is one of the most significant piano/sax duets this writer has heard in quite a few years. The twosome excels when combining lushly enacted melodies with rhythmically induced passages and tuneful improvisational sequences. Ms. Streiff's whispery lines attain a happy medium with Schweizer's macrobiotic way of reworking simple melodies into grand opuses. Many of these pieces boast addicting hooks and bluesy dreamscapes. Hence, you can easily visualize the smiles on the artists' faces in the studio, as the listener might be beckoned to drift way into an inexplicable state of bliss. On the piece titled 'So oder so,' the duo commences at a torrid pace, while eventually descending into a succession of sonorous unison choruses. The musicians display uncanny intuitiveness as they weave in and out of a hodgepodge of alluring sub themes, for an outing that should withstand the sands of time. Vigorously recommended."
Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz, June 2002

"Schweizer’s collaboration with alto saxophonist Co Streiff, also a Swiss musician although most widely known for her work with The Vienna Art Orchestra, began in 1986. Initially Schweizer played drums in the duo. On piano she still nurtures rhythms and Streiff, who shares her interest in African music, proves an entirely sympathetic partner. Streiff penned most of the material. Even when playing ballads there's toughness and bite in her playing that matches the pianist's resilience and Schweizer shows her capacity to be a willing and imaginative accompanist as well as a goading, testing partner.
The Wire, London, 3/2002



released January 1, 2002

Co Streiff: Saxophone
Irène Schweizer: Piano

All compositions by Co Streiff (SUISA) except «So oder so» by Irène Schweizer (SUISA) and «Bea Be Good» by Co Streiff and Irène Schweizer. Recorded in July 1999 and August 2000 by Martin Pearson at Radio Studio DRS. Executive Production: Patrik Landolt. Produced, published and copyright by Intakt Records.


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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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