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Jazz — and all that liturgy

The musician Ewan King believes that ancient liturgy and favourite hymns can be . . . well, jazzed up. Julie McKee takes note

IT IS not the most obvious setting for a mass. A fully pumped jazz band, complete with horn sec­tion, Hammond organ, strings, and glockenspiels, propels the ancient liturgical texts along a powerful rhythmic undercurrent with a chorus of rotating singers. You are unlikely ever to have heard choral music like this in church before.

But it is an example of what you might hear from a growing move­ment of musicians who are seeking to reboot church music and en­cour-age a ...

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Wed 1 Oct 14 @ 10:54
RT @greenbeltAnd here, editor Paul Handley explains the quest and how they reached their verdicts: http://t.co/R9Q4YCOI9L 2/2

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