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Ziegele, Omri: Can Walk On Sand (Intakt)

The 2nd volume of saxophonist Omri Ziegele and pianist Irene Schweizer's "Where's Africa" with drummer Makaya Ntshoko, beautiful, virtuosic and melodic jazz.

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product information:

UPC: 7640120191672

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT167
Squidco Product Code: 12717

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded June, 30 and July, 1, 2009 by Schweizer Radio DRS, Radiostudio Zurich by Martin Pearson.


Omri Ziegele-alto sax, voice

Irene Schweizer-piano

Makaya Ntshoko-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Omri Ziegele: Born 1959 in Israel.

Studied in Boston and London with Bob Mover, Clifford Jordan and Chris Biscoe. Since 1980 professional musician; Concerts and international tours; Many projects and bands. 1983 Co-Founding Theater Circus Federlos Since 1996 Billiger Bauer with regular appearances in WIM Zürich. Duo with Irène Schweizer, Where's Africa Trio (with Irène Schweizer and Makaya Ntshoko) Schweizer Holz Trio with Urs Leimgruber and Hans Koch, Trio Noisy Minority, Brotherhood, duo with Yves Theiler, collaborations with the dancer / performer Dorothea Rust; Quartet with Israeli singer Efrat Alony. Various festival performances, tours at home and abroad. Some cultural prizes. Has created a platform for Zurich musicians with OHR. Co-initiator and program designer of the Zurich Jazz Festival "unerhört". Since 2014 he has been active as program designer of "OHR im Neumarkt" and "Jazz im Miller's".

Omri Ziegele sees himself as an improviser and composer, and free-rapper. And also as a cultural-political actor / activist, who is continually trying to keep things and states new facets, which make the present more colorful and lively. Today he is engaged in different contexts, composes for various formations and loves the improvisation in the most varied formations. On the alto saxophone he has found an unmistakable language of his own. Actually he is performing with the Trio Ziegele-Theiler-Hemingway, a double duo project (Ziegele-Theiler & Morgenthaler-Röllin), Tomorrow Trio with bassist Christian Weber and the Dutch drummer Han Bennink and a recently founded Trio with London musicians John Edwards and Mark Sanders. Regular concerts in Zurich with Where's Africa (with Yves Theiler & Dario Sisera)."

-Omri Ziegele Website (

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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)."

-Wikipedia (

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"Makaya (or Makhaya) Ntshoko (born 29 October 1939, Cape Town) is a South African drummer.

He played with Dollar Brand's trio in 1958, and recorded in a sextet with Hugh Masekela and John Mehegan in 1959. He performed on the Jazz Epistles album, Jazz Epistle: Verse 1. After the breakup of the group Ntshoko founded his own group, the Jazz Giants, with Kippie Moeketsi, Dudu Pukwana, Gideon Nuxmalo, and Martin Mgijima. Ntshoko left South Africa in 1962, moving to Switzerland and playing with Johnny Gertze and Dollar Brand at the Club Africana in Zurich from 1963 to 1965.[citation needed]

Following Brand's move to New York City, Ntshoko played in Copenhagen (1966, 1969-70) and recorded with Stuff Smith (1967), Benny Bailey (1968), Dexter Gordon (1968-69), and Ben Webster (1969). He embarked on a tour of the United States and the Bahamas in the early 1970s. He and Masekela recorded again in 1972. In 1974, he founded an ensemble, Makaya and the Tsotsis, with Heinz Sauer, Bob Degen, and Isla Eckinger (later replaced by Jürgen Wuchner). Concomitantly he played in Nicra with Nick Evans and Radu Malfatti. In 1975, he appeared alongside Joe McPhee and Pepper Adams at the Willisau Jazz Festival. He collaborated with Mal Waldron (1977-79) and Johnny Dyani (1978). Little is known of Ntshoko's whereabouts in the 1980s. He played at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Stephan Kurmann in 1991."

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track listing:

1. It's about Time 8:07

2. Tyntiana 3:40

3. Giggin' 0:39

4. Soul Eyes 8:50

5. Butch & Butch 1:25

6. Andromeda 2:36

7. Can Walk on Sand 7:02

8. Rare Bird 4:01

9. Summertime 4:23

10. Ithi Gqi 3:22

11. Mbiza 5:00
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Those who were surprised five years ago at how little "Africa" was on the first recording of Omri Ziegele and Irene Schweizer Where's Africa (Intakt 098) will be astonished now how "African" this second Where's Africa CD sounds. This is not only because of the nostalgic pieces of Dollar Brand, Chris McGregor and Johnny Dyani, and also not only because of Ntshokos discrete drumming; it is because of the attitude that is indeed so altogether un-European. See, in Europe music is not allowed to be so outrageously beautiful, so merry with melody and sound, so unbroken and touching - especially not contemporary jazz. But: Omri Ziegele's Where's Africa-Trio is far from being a colourful acoustic travelogue about townships romantically jazzed up. It is rather the result of long journeys through forty years of fiercely lived - and sometimes suffered - history of jazz. In the course of this history a lot of things simply settled: the vain virtuosity, the desperate originality, the bathos and the hysterical forced happiness, the false complexity and the pompous art gesture. The remains of the long journey to oneself is this masterpiece. It's about time."-Christian Rentsch, from the liner notes

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
Trio Recordings

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