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Tyntiana 03:40
Giggin' 00:39
Soul Eyes 08:49
Andromeda 02:35
Rare Bird 04:01
Summertime 04:23
Ithi Gqi 03:22
Mbiza 04:59


Intakt CD 167

Those who were surprised five years ago at how little “Africa” was on the first recording of Omri Ziegele und 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.


If like me you are a long-time admirer of the intense and powerfully Free music of Irene Schweizer, then you are in for a delightful surprise on CAN WALK ON SAND. She is joined here in the Where’s Africa Trio by alto saxophonist Ziegele and drummer Ntshoko, adding the soprano sax of Wickihalder on three tracks. In the early ‘60s Schweizer, it turns out, spent a period in London to study Hard Bop by hanging at Ronnie Scott’s. While she was there she ran into that now famous band of South African exiles who would soon make up the Brotherhood of Breath. Twenty years later in the ‘80s the Zurich-based Ziegele made a similar journey and wound up hanging with Louis Moholo and Dudu Pukwana, among others. So these two Swiss players of Free music share a common love of the grooves and tart intonations of Township Jazz. You’ve heard of Wooden Shoe Swing in Amsterdam? By adding Ntshoko on drums, what we’ve got on CAN WALK ON SAND is something like Swiss Watch Jive.
They cover tunes by Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, and Abdullah Ibrahim, as well as Ornette and Gershwin and three originals, but all with sour sweet tones and bouncing rhythms of South African Jazz. It is a joy to hear Schweizer display her chops in this new context, and the trio brings a slightly odd turn to the township tradition. This one is great fun, and you need to go out and discover it.
Phillip McNally, Cadence Magazine, USA, oct-nov-dec 2010


released December 27, 2009

Omri Ziegele: Altosax, Voice
Irène Schweizer: Piano
Makaya Ntshoko: Drums

Recorded June, 30 and July, 1, 2009 by Schweizer Radio DRS, Radiostudio Zürich. Sound engineer: Martin Pearson. Cover art: Christoph Hauri. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photo: Francesca Pfeffer. Liner notes: Christian Rentsch. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt


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Omri Ziegele Zürich, Switzerland

Omri Ziegele (born 1959 in Rehovot, Israel) is a Swiss Saxophone player. His main projects are his trio's and the duo with Irène Schweizer. As well, he is the leader of the band "Billiger Bauer".

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