MPS

Neumühlen 17
Hamburg, 22763
Germany
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A Mecca for Oscar Peterson, George Duke, the Singers Unlimited, and a host of talented young European discoveries: MPS. Situated in Villingen, in Germany’s Black Forest region, for some two decades MPS Records and studios wrote pioneering jazz history through its high-level recording technique and unmistakable aesthetic. Today the “most perfect sound made in the Black Forest” continues to light up the ears of analogue fans worldwide.

The label’s actual birth was in 1968, but it had a colorful prelude that entails the famous initials HGBS. As co-owner of the electronics manufacturer SABA, Industrialist Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer (HGBS) was not only an ardent audio engineer; he was also an amateur pianist who was crazy about music. In 1958 he built a recording studio above the living room in his villa. It contained the most sophisticated audio equipment available at that time. When Oscar Peterson came to Zurich to perform a concert in 1961, Brunner-Schwer lured Peterson to his villa, and the first house concert in the Black Forest. The Canadian was so impressed by HGBS’s recording of the concert (“I never heard myself like this before…”), that he decided to come back every year for a another living room session. Meanwhile, starting in 1963 HGBS began to produce records under the label name SABA. The recordings included pianists Wolfgang Dauner and Horst Jankowski. George Duke also appeared as guest for the first time in 1966. When Brunner-Schwer left SABA in 1968, he founded MPS (Musik Produktion Schwarzwald (Black Forest)) Records. The Peterson recordings were the first release under the new name – this became possible since Peterson had finished his contract with Verve. It was the beginning of an illustrious catalogue which contained over 500 releases by 1982.

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Year established: 1968

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MPS: 50 Years

Various Artists
published: January 19, 2019

Let Your Light Shine On

Nicola Conte
published: November 02, 2018

Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

Various Artists
published: September 08, 2018

In Search Of A Dream

Alphonse Mouzon
published: July 02, 2018

Tristeza on Guitar

Baden Powell
published: June 28, 2018

Let Your Light Shine On

Nicola Conte
published: May 27, 2018

Mirror, Mirror

Joe Henderson
published: January 03, 2017

Magic Peterson Sunshine

Gilles Peterson
published: May 07, 2016

Exclusively For My Friends

Oscar Peterson
published: September 18, 2015

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