IRENE SCHWEIZER / FRED ANDERSON / HAMID DRAKE
Willisau & Taktlos

[Intakt Records, www.intaktrec.ch]

Long-standing partnership between saxophonist Fred Anderson and percussionist Hamid Drake has enjoyed a very fruitful relationship. "Birdhouse" [where they played together with Jim Baker and Harrison Bankhead] and "Destiny" [an album that saw them play alongside pianist Marilyn Crispell] were some of the more successful releases the two shared credits for. Into the equation comes Irene Schweizer - a formidable force in her native Switzerland. Without a doubt, she has been one of the forerunners in shaping the direction of improvised music in her country over the last three decades. Without her input, a new batch of Swiss improvising talent would not have been possible. With each release, she reaches for new ideas and is keen on working with new individuals. Her percussion duets with people such as Andrew Cyrille, Louis Moholo, Günter Sommer, Pierre Favre, Han Bennink have been highly successful in unravelling this major talent's ability to adapt to any playing scenario. What's more exciting is what Schweizer brings into the long standing relationship that Anderson and Drake have been able to foster for so many years. While the first track - the 22 minute "A Former Dialogue" - features a duet between Drake and Schweizer, all other pieces feature the complete trio. On that duo, Schweizer applies her multi-coloured percussive-heavy piano technique that Drake responds to with ease. His percussion technique is never an imitation of Schweizer's style. Rather, he's playing straight from his head and his heart. This duet is perhaps one of the better ones I've heard Schweizer be a part of. Following the duo, we get three longish numbers, each one better than the previous one. While Drake and Schweizer duel out to see who's more rhythmically in tune, Anderson simply wails on his tenor. His sweet-as-honey, melodic blows make this session what it is. Even when he's wailing jagged blows into the mouthpiece, there's still an undeniable sweetness. His communication with Drake is done on another plane - a plateau too complex for us, mere humans to be able to comprehend. Whatever it is they do telepathically works. Not only are they all inclusive of Schweizer's melodic piano attacks, they actually allow her to throw more melodies from within then ever before. The trio becomes so in tune with each other that they start to resemble themselves. There is a certain section near the end of "Trinity" where Schweizer imitates Drake's rhythmic percussive pattern. For a minute, in this cat'n'mouse game, you're not sure, who's imitating whom and you have no certainty of who's the leader and who's doing the following. Rarely have I heard Schweizer be this engaged with her players. Rarely have I heard her this damn excited. The totality of the moment has gotten the better of everyone. On these live sets, it's the listener who shares the wealth of the experience of all three players. We're all the richer for having heard this fine example of perfect musical trialogue.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Z'EV - Metaphonics
+ Brush - Brush!?
+ Ariesta Birawa Group - Ariesta Birawa vol. 1
+ Zipps - Be Stoned! Dig The Zipps
+ Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Apache/Inca
+ Charlemagne Palestine / Tony Conrad - An Aural Symbiotic Mystery
+ Toshinori Kondo - Fukyo
+ Max Richter - Songs from Before
+ Esmerine - Aurora
+ Jean-Luc Guionnet/Pascal Battus - Parmakli
+ Bill Horist - :Projects
+ Łukasz Ciszak - auxin
+ Tomasz Bednarczyk - Summer Feelings
+ volcano! - Beautiful Seizure
+ TR 21 - Deceased City
+ Transforma & O.S.T. - Synken
+ Reynold - La Cite d'en Haut
+ Radical Face - Ghost
+ Patrick Pulsinger - Dogmatic Sequences 1994 - 2006
+ Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
+ Oblong - Indicator
+ Milenasong - Seven Sisters
+ Kapitan DA - Kapitan DA
+ Hug - Heroes
+ Housemeister - Roadmovie
+ A Hawk & A Hacksaw - The Way The Wind Blows
+ The Go Find - Stars On The Wall
+ Gescom - MiniDisc
+ Damero - Happy In Grey
+ Console - Pan Or Ama
+ Classic Cuts: Knight Action - Single Girl / Los Angeles T.F. - Magical Body / Mike Dunn - So Let It Be House / Dopplereffekt - Gesamkunstwerk
+ Christ. - Blue Shift Emissions
+ Blue Raincoat - Everything Is A Piece Of Something
+ Bloodysnowman - Bloodysnowman
+ American Gigolo III - Mixed & Compiled By Princess Superstar
+ 7 Up! - Singles Only 1978 - 1982

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+ loudQUIETloud - A Film about The Pixies DVD
+ BRENT FARISS / BILL THOMPSON - August - September
+ TOM RECCHION - Sweetly doing nothing
+ STEN SANDELL TRIO - Oval
+ MAGIC CARPATHIANS & LECHISTAN'S ELECTRIC CHAIR - Mirrors
+ WALTER & SABRINA - Chioma SuperNormal - The Dark Album
+ POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE - First Ones / JOEL FUTTERMAN / ALVIN FIELDER / IKE LEVIN - Live at the Blue Monk
+ ANTHONY BURR / OSCAR NORIEGA / CHRIS SPEED - The Clarinets
+ JESSE ZUBOT - Dementia
+ CHRISTIAN WEBER - 3 Suits & A Violin - Osaka Solo
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Back_Forward / BERNARD GUNTER / HERIBERT FRIEDL - Trans~
+ HORKESKART - Live in Solitude / CINC - Polyphonic Poetry
+ BOB MARSH / THERESA WONG / BRYAN EUBANKS - Luggage
+ JOHN BUTCHER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Concentric / RODRIGO AMADO / KENT KESSLER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Teatro
+ NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER - Wild_Suzuki / NORBERT MOSLANG - Burst_Log / MASAHIKO OKURA / GUNTER MULLER / AMI YOSHIDA - Tanker
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS / ANDREA CENTAZZO - Fire
+ RM74 - Fireproof in 8 Parts / RM74 / RLW - Pirouetten / HERPES Ö DELUXE - Kielholen
+ ÖLVIS - Bravado
+ TETSU INOUE - World Receiver / BEAUTUMN - Northing / RUDY ADRIAN - MoonWater / MARKUS REUTER - Trepanation
+ DRAKKAR SAUNA - Jabraham Lincoln
+ FLUORESCENT GREY - Lying on the Floor Mingling With God in a Tijuana Motel Room Next Door to a Veterinary Supply Store
+ HOLGER CZUKAY - Radio Wave Surfer - Good Morning Story
+ DO MAKE SAY THINK - You, You're a History in Rust
+ CLAUDIO PARODI - Horizontal Mover (homage to Alvin Lucier)
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Women of the World: Acoustic - A New Groove - One World, Many Cultures
+ BAD BRAINS - Live at CBGB 1982 - CD/DVD
+ JOHANNES BAUER / THOMAS LEHN / JON ROSE - Futch / STEVE LACY - Live at Jazzwerstatt Peitz
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Egg and Two Books
>> IRENE SCHWEIZER / FRED ANDERSON / HAMID DRAKE - Willisau & Taktlos
+ KOTRA AND ZAVOLOKA - Wag the Swing
+ CLINIC - Visitations
+ KUSH ARORA - Underwater Jihad
+ A WITNESS - I am John's Pancreas / PURE SOUND - Yukon
+ MONTA - The Brilliant Masses
+ SHELLEY BURGON / TREVOR DUNN - Baltimore
+ SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP - ..Aiff Skull EP
+ FRANCOIS HOULE - Aerials
+ KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO - Gllia / YASUSHI YOSHIDA - Secret Figure / MIDORI HIRANO - LushRush

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Laibach - relacja z koncertu w Palladium, Warszawa 10.12.2006
+ Singing is communication - wywiad z Marit Posch alias Damero
+ Something unique - wywiad z Mikael'em Stavostrandem (Bulgur Brothers)