Cordial Gratin

by SCHWEIZER | LÉANDRE DUO

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    This highly sought-after live album features two of Europe's finest improvisers. It's a terrific showcase for the talents of pianist Schweizer and bassist Leandre, highlighting their musical range in a series of taut and concise tunes. Their vivid interactions unleash delicate minimalism, percussive call-and-response, lyrical interludes, and much more. Recommended!

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All compositions by Irène Schweizer and Joëlle Léandre,
except track 7 by Irène Schweizer.

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released August 31, 1988

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"This live recording captures two of Europe’s strongest improvising voices recorded live. Schweizer is a highly original Swiss pianist who has been a stalwart member of the free improvising community since the late 60s. Léandre is simply one of the best bass players working today, lending her phenomenal extended technique to improvised and composed sessions alike. This pairing provides an exchange of ideas which run from fiery, densely voiced clusters to more open, spare interplay. The two players are completely attuned to each other and each takes an equal role in instigating and steering the proceedings. These musicians deserve wider recognition and exposure and this ought to ensure that they get it." -- Cadence

"There are certain records that – even though they feature highly respected artists – just slip through general awareness, becoming practically forgotten in a minute. Hard as I tried, I couldn't locate a single web review or commentary about Cordial Gratin, a double bass/piano duo by Joëlle Léandre and Irène Schweizer that was released over 21 years ago by the German label FMP. It's a short album; chock full of ideas that mix loads of influences, with irony and intelligence to spare." -- Paris Transatlantic

"Classically-tinged arpeggiated riffs evolve into cluster variations and Schweizer's signature piano harp percussion from a slightly different, subtly assertive perspective. Lèandre, currently a regular partner of the pianist, is a worthy foil, applying her avant classical/improvised music techniques to the pieces with sensitivity and flair." -- Jazz Forum

Irène Schweizer: piano;
Joëlle Léandre: double bass, voice

Recorded live by Jost Gebers on December 13th, 1986, during the concert series Just Music at the FMP-Studio in Berlin.

CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.

Cover artwork by Joëlle Léandre.
Design by Manfred Kussatz.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers.

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