Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jazz musicians Markus Burger & Jan von Klewitz on Spiritual Standards (CHALLENGE RECORDS)

Spiritual Standards - Songs Inspired by Martin Luther

Critically acclaimed German jazz performers Markus Burger and Jan von Klewitz blend modern improvisation with the art of interpreting faith based Baroque music while preserving its integrity. Staying very near to the original melodies and canti firmi, the artists improvise in a linear manner returning to one of the root principles of jazz.

For the past 4 years Burger and von Klewitz have been traveling the US and Europe as musical Ambassadors of the Luther Decade. For these tours Burger has arranged most of Martin Luther’s hymns into his signature sounding arrangements for saxophone and piano.

Luther has written captivating melodies that withstood the test of time and have inspired the worlds greatest composer John Sebastian Bach to arrange them in some of the most beautiful four voice chorales known to mankind.

The new album ''Spiritual Standards - Songs Inspired by Martin Luther'' is available now