Lewin-Landgren-Björänge Trio


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It’s Freedom
Lewin-Landgren-Björänge Trio
Live at Memorial Church Berlin 2014
Music Against Violence

Johannes Landgren Organ
Håkan Lewin Alto Saxophone
Jon-Erik Björänge Drums

1. Come Sunday 04:44
2. Black and tan Fantasy 05:53
3. Sunday 03:46
4. It’s Freedom 04:18
5. Lotus blossom 06:11
6. Somebody cares 03:59
7. Music against violence 07:08
8. He’s got the whole world in his hands 06:29
9. Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich* 04:55
Total Time 47:27

* + Birgitta Flick Tenorsax

(1),(2),(4)+(6) by Duke Ellington; (3) by Kenny Graham; (5) by Billy Strayhorn; (7) by Hakan Lewin; (8) Afro American Spiritual; (9): by Martin Luther.

All Arrangements by Landgren, Lewin and Björänge
Recorded live in Berlin on July 4th, 2014
Recording, Mixing, Mastering by Rainer Ahrens
Produced by Landgren, Lewin and Björänge and EJK Records, 2016

The LEWIN ·LANDGREN ·BJÖRÄNGE Trio opened our 2014 annual Jazz Festival IN SPIRIT in the blue light of the Kaiser W ilhelm Memorial Church on July 4th, the Independence Day of the United States. IN SPIRIT — dialogues between Theology and Jazz — was dedicated that year to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic visit to Berlin. I cannot think of a more suitable opening than these inspired improvisations on the carefully arranged music of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts by Håkan Lewin, Johannes Landgren and Jon-Erik Björänge. Ellington was, alongside Mary Lou
Williams and John Coltrane, one of the founding fathers of Sacred Jazz. He insisted that this music should not be called jazz but rather considered to be sacred music in the same tradition as Michael Praetorius and Johann Sebastian Bach, who had been able to integrate popular music in their musica sacra for the church of their time. Listening to this concert on this unedited live recording evokes the same sprit of freedom that Duke Ellington, Dr. Martin Luther King and many others found to be the unique spiritual quality of jazz. The music of this trio is equally at home in jazz clubs and churches. The passionate and dedicated way in which the musicians are engaged in Music Against Violence, their initiative for a more just and peaceful society, underlines in a remarkable way that they mean and live what they play, just as great jazz musicians have always strived to achieve!
UWE STEINMETZ, Berlin, July 2016