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Schweizer, Irene / Joey Baron : Live! (Intakt)

Two generations and two monumental masters of free improvisation from Europe and New York joined together at the unerhort!-Festival Rote Fabrik Zurich in 2015 to unleash this technically awesome and ebullient duo in a fantastic concert of dynamic power, lyrical insight, intense rhythmic support and counterpoint, and profound musical ideas; incredible!

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UPC: 7640120192938

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT293
Squidco Product Code: 24902

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded live at unerhört!-Festival Rote Fabrik Zurich, on November 27th, 2015, by Martin Pearson.


Irene Schweizer-piano

Joey Baron-drums

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"Irène Schweizer (born 2 June 1941) is a Swiss jazz and free improvising pianist. She was born in Schaffhausen, in 1941. She has performed and recorded numerous solo piano performances as well as performing as part of the Feminist Improvising Group, whose members include Lindsay Cooper, Maggie Nichols, Georgie Born and Sally Potter. She has also performed a series of duets with drummers Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo, Andrew Cyrille, Günter Sommer, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, as well as in trio and quartet sessions with others, including John Tchicai, Evan Parker and Peter Kowald. With Yusef Lateef, Uli Trepte and Mani Neumeier she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967. One of her most enduring collaborations is with the improvising musician Rüdiger Carl (de)."

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"Bernard Joseph Baron (born June 26, 1955 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American avant-garde jazz drummer who plays frequently with Bill Frisell and John Zorn.

Baron was born on June 26, 1955, in Richmond Virginia. When he was nine, he taught himself how to play the drums. As a teenager, he played in rock bands and dixieland jazz groups. After high school, he spent a year at the Berklee College of Music. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s and embarked on a professional career, playing with Carmen McRae and Al Jarreau. He worked as a freelance drummer and session musician with Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Hampton Hawes.

In 1982 he moved to New York City and joined guitarist Bill Frisell, with whom he would play often throughout his career. He also played in groups with Red Rodney, Fred Hersch, Enrico Pieranunzi, and Marc Johnson. Starting in the late 1980s, he became a bigger part of the avant-garde jazz scene when he played regularly at the Knitting Factory, recorded with singer Laurie Anderson, and began a long association with John Zorn. For several years he participated in Zorn's projects Naked City and Masada.

Baron contributed to David Bowie's Outside (1995). Bowie would later praise Baron, stating: "Metronomes shake in fear, he's so steady." "

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track listing:

1. Free For All 7:59

2. Up The Ladder 12:22

3. String Fever 7:59

4. Jungle Beat II 10:49

5. Saturdays 4:14

6. Blues For Crelier 3:34

7. The Open Window 3:57
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"A meeting of two jazz giants: In 2015, Joey Baron, one of the most sought after drummers on the New York scene met the First Lady of European jazz, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, in concert in Zürich. During his long career Baron has played with bands such as Naked City and Masada and worked with musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot.

Schweizer had already performed and recorded with the best drummers on the planet: Pierre Favre, Han Bennink, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Günter "Baby" Sommer, Andrew Cyrille and Hamid Drake.

The performance of the two was one of the highlights of the Unerhört-Festival in Zürich, 2015. Their encounter had everything you could hope for: energy, drive and mesmerizing exchanges paired with the magical tunes Schweizer is famous for. "This beautiful recording documents a marvellous evening in Zürich,"-John Corbett, from the liner notes.

"Live! excises extraneous uncertainties with its succinct title, letting listeners know exactly the sort of recording they're in store for from a concert in Zurich in the fall of 2015. Irene Schweizer and Joey Baron are also absent any identifying instruments in the accompanying particulars, the safe assumption being anyone pondering procurement of the disc is already familiar with backgrounds and standing of both. Schweizer's made a veritable cottage industry out of duets with drummers under the auspices of Intakt. This hit with Baron registers right up there with the best of them, due in no small part to the breadth of experience and talent he brings to the kit.Schweizer is the elder of the two improvisers at a youthful seventy-six, but Baron's resume on record is arguably just as rife with remarkable entries. Stints as the human engine room for both John Zorn's Masada projects and Ellery Eskelin's Hat Art-sponsored trio with Andrea Parkins are just two sideman gigs amongst dozens. His output as a leader is very nearly as prolific in half a dozen different bands. Schweizer's largest body of work resides on Intakt, her relationship with the Swiss label resting on a catalog that really doesn't hold a bum date in the batch. Carving an artistic identity independent of and resolutely resistant to any slapdash Cecil Taylor comparisons to this day, her approach to the acoustic keyboard is at once powerfully holistic and meticulously intimate.A battery of polite audience applause welcomed and dispensed with and they're off, diving into Schweizer's deceptively titled "Free for All", which moves from a string of getting-to-know-you feints and pleasantries in its initial minutes to full-bore swinging sprint in its ebulliently efficacious second half. Baron's "Up the Ladder" juxtaposes a frenetic repeating rhythmic motif borne by Schweizer's dancing fingers with nimble vertical brush play, veering off on a small handful of side trips over its latticed twelve-minute expanse. "String Fever" by Schweizer echoes its title in the delicate manipulations the composer makes under the hood to tweak timbre and decay in league with an array of Baron's responsive percussion implements."Jungle Beat II" is all stop-and-go traffic in its opening minutes as a staccato stream of musical information pours from both players without once resulting in a rhythmic pile-up. Schweizer alternates block chords with frenzied right hand figures and Baron's sticks are a blur, particularly in the tour de force solo mid-piece that mixes martial aggression with a textured delicacy audible in its every nuance thanks to expertly placed and engineered recording mics. Three shorter pieces close the disc out starting with Baron's breezy "Saturdays", which Schweizer's takes to in a gorgeous admixture of poignancy and playfulness, the raucously stomping "Blues for Creilier" and "The Open Window", a piece that in title and grin-inducing temperament leaves the possibility extant for a repeat encounter.Derek Taylor
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