"Sublime Christian folk jazz from 1970s Norway. In the '60s and '70s churches throughout Europe had serious competition for the attention of its younger members. Priests and older churchgoers were highly concerned that teenagers were expressing 'Sympathy for the Devil' rather than sympathy for Christ and his teachings. A compromise had to be found - the evolution of Christian folk, rock and jazz was about to begin. The same situation was just as prevalent in Norway as was happening across Europe, teenagers were turning their back on the church and embracing the temptations and pleasures of the flourishing new pop culture. Priest Olaf Hillestad in Olso was aware of the situation, and instead of relying on the floundering traditional methods of rounding up his flock, he embraced the musical aspirations of his younger followers. He founded the Forum Experimentale in Oslo, and it was here in the late '60s where That's Why founder members Jan Simonsen and Per Arne Lovold began to incorporate jazz into church music. Together with some top-notch musicians from other Christian music centres around the Oslo district, they recorded two albums in 1970 and 1971 under the moniker ThatĄ's Why, and here we have the best songs from those sacred LPs." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2012| JAZZMAN | 18.90

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