'Secundo' is an album of Jazz improvisation based on European Renaissance and early Baroque music with wonderful melodic clarity and beauty. European tradition meets Jazz!
Am Morgen is a composition by Orlando di Lasso with a touch of Latin rhythm.
Drowsy Maggie is a traditional Irish folk song with a twist.
Jazz'n'Spirit - Dirk Piezunka (tenor & soprano saxophone, bass clarinet), Martin Flindt (concert & western guitar) and Jens Piezunka (double bass & vocals) - have taken on ecclesiastical Renaissance and Baroque music. US Jazz, more or less from its birth, the "invention" of Jazz, has re-worked spiritual and gospel melodies. There is hardly a similar tradition in European Jazz: Jacques Loussier's swinging Bach or the "Swingle Singers" in the 1950s & 1960s, and a few isolated individual recordings (especially at Christmas) - and not a lot more. However, European Renaissance and early Baroque music - to which the trio mostly reverts - with its wonderful melodic clarity, beauty and at times brittleness, is an ideal starting point for a Jazz improvisation / classical music dialogue. Jazz'n'Spirit have set about the task convincingly.