Animato ACD 6097
Frank Oidtmann, church organ
A collection of rhythmic organ compositions under the title "the organ dances" or, as the translation of the liner notes from German into English says, "the organ's got rhythm" is presented by the German (classical) organist Frank Oidtmann. It is not a typical jazz CD, but nevertheless worth mentioning, as it contains jazzy compositions of Norbert Linke, Johannes Matthias Michel and Andreas Willscher, which are interpreted by Oidtmann in a really swinging way. It demands high skills to play such compositions with the necessary groove. Surely, to play jazz from scores is an approach to jazz only, as there is a lack of an important element, the improvisation. Nonetheless, the approach of Frank Oidtmann lets you feel how a swinging and jazzy pipe organ can sound like.
The CD contains also, as its title gives away, compositions of dances of several centuries, such as J.S. Bach, M. Praetorius, S. Scheidt, J. Cook, C.M. Widor and P. Fletcher. All in all a felicitous and impressive compilation played by a highly experienced artist.