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Biggi Vinkeloe, François Lemonnier, Karin Nelson, Maria Forsström, The Volcanic Choir

Jade New Spiritual Music (2CD)

Label: Futura Records

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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* 2022 stock * Jade is an ambitious blend of jazz, abstract improvisation, and classical sacred music. Recorded at the Organ Studio at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg, the album features sax and trombone echoing regally against a backdrop of honest-to-goodness choral hymns, performed by a church organ and the 10-woman Volcanic Choir, led by mezzo-soprano Maria Forsström.

In slow movements, as if to cherish the sounds and moods being created, the album blends its influences beautifully, conveying the “wisdom, balance, purity, and peace” that the jade gemstone stands for, as described in Biggi Vinkeloe‘s liner notes. Vinkeloe (sax/flute) instigated the project, enlisting organist Karin Nelson and trombonist Francois Lemonier as the other two instrumentalists. You get a taste of the project’s “jazz” side right away as Vinkeloe and Lemonnier play a straight duet of Mingus’ “Ecclusiastics.” Jade is a revelation. It gives me a new perspective on the beauty of sacred music, showing that those sounds aren’t necessarily so far away from the modern world.


Details
Cat. number: FUTURA VOIX 03
Year: 2015
Notes:
Recorded in August 2013 at Organ Studio of the University of Göthenburg. Mixed and mastered in Gothenburg in September 2013, January & May 2014.