Willisau & Taktlos

Willisau & Taktlos is an album by Swiss jazz pianist Irène Schweizer with saxophonist Fred Anderson and drummer Hamid Drake, which was released by Intakt Records. The opening piece by the duo Schweizer-Drake was recorded at the Taktlos-Festival Zürich in 1998 and the other three improvisations by the trio were recorded at Jazzfestival Willisau in 2004.[1]

Willisau & Taktlos
Live album by
RecordedAugust 28, 2004 & March 28, 1998
VenueWillisau, Zürich
Irène Schweizer chronology
First Choice: Piano Solo KKL Luzern
Willisau & Taktlos
To Whom It May Concern Piano Solo Tonhalle Zürich


Professional ratings
Review scores

In his review for AllMusic, Alain Drouot states "The quieter passages certainly betray her European origins, but are not a distraction from this otherwise energetic, soulful, and pleasurable set."[2]

The All About Jazz review by Nic Jones says "All three players are deeply alert to the integral values of free playing and they mine the seam so deeply that it seems as though their creativity is bottomless."[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Schweizer, Anderson, Drake except as indicated
  1. "A Former Dialogue" (Schweizer-Drake) - 21:59
  2. "Trinity" - 28:55
  3. "Schwandrake" - 10:16
  4. "Willisau" - 7:41



  1. Willisau & Taktlos at Intakt
  2. Drouot, Alain. Irène Schweizer – Willisau & Taktlos: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  3. Jones, Nic. Willisau & Taktlos review at All About Jazz
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