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Presented on June 18, 2021

MPS - The German Jazz Icon

Oscar Peterson
Duration: 2:17

For some MPS might feel like a treasure trove that had to be dug up from the twilights of Germany’s Black Forest. With diversity, courage, and quality as the trademarks of the label, founder Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer achieved world-wide renown as Germany’s first jazz label. A Mecca for international jazz stars like Oscar Peterson, George Duke, The Singers Unlimited and a host of talented young European discoveries. 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.
1 Presented on June 17, 2021

Unboxing the Barney Wilen 'La Note Bleue' Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

Barney Wilen
Duration: 6:20

Exceptional unboxing in the company of Barney Wilen's son, Patrick Wilen, Jordi Soley, producer and head at Elemental Music Records, Satomi Wilen, Patrick Wilen's wife, Eric Mill, friend, and collaborator. Click here for more information.
9 Presented on May 27, 2021

Aries Goddess

Marques Carroll
Duration: 6:27

"Aries Goddess (For Consuela and the Fallen)" is a new video from ace Chicago trumpeter Marques Carroll. Featured on his debut album The Ancestors' Call, this moving composition was written for the mothers of victims of gun violence. The bandleader notes that “[it] happens all too often, whether it is by street violence or by the hands of those who are supposed to serve and protect. This piece is for all of our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on this soil.”
1 Presented on May 25, 2021

The 4th of July

Mike Holober
Duration: 5:27

On the 4th of July 2017 I started a song inspired by my childhood reminiscences of the holiday, and my conflicted feelings about the current state of our society. I promised myself I would complete it for the next July 4th so I could share. The song languished for the next few years, and was finally finished in December 2020. I hoped it would lose some relevance after the November 3rd election, but sadly it seems as relevant as ever.
1 Presented on May 21, 2021

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Zurich Jazz Orchestra
Duration: 7:01

The Zurich Jazz Orchestra (ZJO), under the leadership of multiple reedist Steffen Schorn, is a colorful listening experience on their 2021 release Dedications. The arrangements weave woodwind pastels over backdrops of the darker hues of the trombones and bursts of bright primaries from the trumpets. Read on...
4 Presented on May 20, 2021

Jazz & Juice: Chardonnay meets The Modern Jazz Quartet

Modern Jazz Quartet
Duration: 8:16

This month we're talking about what we put things in: oak, genre categories, we're getting all literal and figurative with this. You can read about Kristen's Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2018 meets MJQ analysis here.
8 Presented on May 11, 2021

Letter to Paul

John Patitucci
Duration: 5:29

John Patitucci on electric bass, Chris Potter on saxophone, Jon Cowherd on rhodes, Marcus Gilmore on drums and Rogerio Boccato on percussion perform a live studio performance of "Letter to Paul" a tribute song to legendary bassist Paul Jackson.

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