Martin S. Schmitt - Soprano and Alto Saxophone
Volker Krebs - Organ
recording & mixing engineer: Ralf Koschnicke
recording facilities: ACOUSENCE recording mobile / ACOUSENCE recordings
recording location: Parish church "St. Marien", Bleialf, 31.7.2008
c & p 2008 ACOUSENCE records
Jazz and church music - two genres of music in which improvisation, the spontaneous invention of music, has always been of great importance. Improvisation models such as Chaconne and Passacaglia have a long tradition in church music. In jazz, improvisation is a central principle of creation, embodying the full being of this music. So what could be better than bringing together these music-making traditions at this point of contact?
The pieces on this CD are the result of this concept and represent various "interim states" of this encounter. In this way, jazz adaptations of hymns, improvisations on hymn themes, classically inspired compositions, pop-oriented ballades and free improvisations were created. Depending on the piece, there is a tendency towards one direction or another in the field between jazz and church music. The binding element continues to be improvisation.