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Jazzin´ the Black Forest

jazzin’ the black forest


MPS/SABA – Geschichte eines Jazzlabels/A brief history of a pioneering jazz label

The Label MPS (for Musik- Produktion Schwarzwald) is known as the German „Blue Note“. The label was established by producer and music enthusiast Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer (also named HGBS) from 1968 in Villingen. After he left the SABA enterprise, he made high class jazz productions in a wide variety. Till the 1980s, over 600 jazz vinyls were released in the whole spectrum from traditional Jazz to Free Jazz and Bossa Nova. For many german jazz musicians like Albert Mangelsdorff or Wolfgang Dauner, their career starts with the music recordings from Villingen.
Many famous international jazz musicians have also released on MPS. To name only a few, there are recordings from Oscar Peterson, George Duke, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.
Elke Baurs documentary „MPS- Jazzin the Black forest“ is an affectionate portrait of the label and his founder HGBS. Interviews with many musicians and former colleagues and rare live documents revive a jazz era and the „Most Perfect Sound“.


„a monument for label founder HGBS“

(Christoph Schröder,Tagesspiegel, 1.11.05)

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DVD FormatDVD10
Audio languageGerman
SubtitlesGerman, English
Picture FormatNTSC+PAL, 16:9, Colour
Audio FormatStereo
Region0 (All Regions)
Running Time90 min approx
CoverDigipak in Outer Sleeve
Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
Released 2006-08-19

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