Liturgical Jazz (Ecclesia ER-101) 1963?
What we have here is exactly what the album title says: Liturgical Jazz, an early experiment in modernizing the liturgy through the medium of jazz music. There are a couple of traditional hymns mixed in, but mostly it’s instruments like sax, trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, drums and bass pumping out competent jazz grooves. Ed Summerlin is the composer and also plays tenor sax. Methodist clergyman Roger Ortmayer does the spoken portions, sometimes reading his lines in a fast high-pitched robotic monotone that’s not too distant from Beldar Conehead Add the rhythmic chanted responses of the other readers and the smooth pulsating background beat and you’ve deﬁnitely got something that’s a bit off the beaten path. Back cover notes state that Ed wrote Liturgical Jazz in 1959. Ed also had a later album on Avant Garde worth checking out called Ring Out Joy. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thank you Brian for the label photos and the rear cover photo as well as the articles from Downbeat. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Collect for Purity of Heart||0:25|
|1-3||Hymn of Praise: Love Devine||2:33|
|1-4||Service of Confession||3:00|
|1-5||Service of the Word||4:37|
|2-2||New Testament Lesson (II Peter 1 3-11)||1:33|
|2-4||The Apostles' Creed||0:43|
|2-5||Witness to the Word: Sermon||0:44|
|2-6||Service of Offering||6:45|