XIV Jesus is laid in the tomb

Here at the centre everything is still
Before the stir and movement of our grief
Which bears it’s pain with rhythm, ritual,
Beautiful useless gestures of relief.
So they anoint the skin that cannot feel
Soothing his ruined flesh with tender care,
Kissing the wounds they know they cannot heal,
With incense scenting only empty air.
He blesses every love that weeps and grieves
And makes our grief the pangs of a new birth.
The love that’s poured in silence at old graves
Renewing flowers, tending the bare earth,
Is never lost. In him all love is found
And sown with him, a seed in the rich ground.

by -> MALCOLM GUITE  <- 2013
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Oscar Peterson: EASTER SUITE (1984)
VIII. Jesus Christ Lies Here Tonight
Listen to Blue Church member´s
Re-Creation of this timeless music:

-> OLAF KORDES TRIO <-
-> CHRISTOPH GEORGII TRIO <-


The stillness of the grave

- transformation happens, the crucified son of God, fully human, turns into the resurrected, ascends from darkness into light, on the journey to become one and all (OMNI) with the creator god.

The mystery takes place without human witnesses, we can only marvel about the empty grave on Easter Sunday. And within the wonder we remember the "sacred head", the  wounded body, the willingness to love the world beyond human imagination. Can we experience it today?

The stillness before a concert,
behind the curtain,
before a recording,
a the microphone,
before the first notes appear,
before imagination turns into sound,
before thoughts and emotions turn into words and music,
at the desk, on stage,
invisible, without any human witnesses, who can only read and listen what
came from the stillness
and wonder.

Uwe Steinmetz April 2020.


JAZZ FOR HOLY SATURDAY

Ghosts (Matthew 27:52-53)
-> Daniel Stickan - organ <-
-> Eric Schaefer <- percussion
& Uwe Steinmetz - sax, electronics

Darkness to Light
-> Phil Brown (bass, composition) <-
from: DARKNESS TO LIGHT (2006)

Interlude & Change follows Vision
-> Roger Hanschel - Alto Saxophone <-
-> Stefan Horz - Organ <-

Psalm 23
-> Ike Sturm + Evergreen <-
from SHELTER OF TREES (2015)

Omni
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
with Frankfurt Radio Big Band 2019
-> Melvin Butler | saxophone <-
-> Myron Walden | saxophone <-
-> Jon Cowherd | piano <-
-> Doug Weiss | bass <- 
-> Brian Blade | drums <-

Tord Gustavsen / Solveig Slettahjell /
Sjur Mil
live at  -> Kulturkirken Jakob <- 

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GHOSTS (by Daniel Stickan)
Uwe Steinmetz: saxophone,  electronics / Daniel Stickan: organ /  Eric Schaefer Percussion 

live at Church of the Apostles, Hannover 2014
MATTHEW 27:51-53...and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 
They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.


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Darkness to Light
Phil Brown (bass, composition)
from: DARKNESS TO LIGHT (2006)

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Interlude & Change follows Vision
Roger Hanschel - Alto Saxophone
Stefan Horz - Organ
Kreuzkirche, Bonn, 2014

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Psalm 23
Ike Sturm + Evergreen
from SHELTER OF TREES (2015)
www.ikesturm.com

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OMNI: hr-BIGBAND feat. BRIAN BLADE & THE FELLOWSHIP BAND 
Melvin Butler | saxophone Myron Walden | saxophone Jon Cowherd | piano Doug Weiss | bass Brian Blade | drums 
Jim McNeely | conductor 
Soloists: Myron Walden, as; Sax-Section; Jon Cowherd, p; Martin Scales, g; Brian Blade, dr OMNI is a composition by Brian Blade arranged by Jim McNeely Live-Recording at hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt, May 16th 2019.


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Tord Gustavsen / Solveig Slettahjell / Sjur Mil
live at  -> Kulturkirken Jakob <- on Easter  Night

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Oscar Peterson: EASTER SUITE (1984)

VIII. Jesus Christ Lies Here Tonight