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Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

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A labor of love, Cosmic Forest was compiled by Italian musician, producer and DJ Nicola Conte to both revisit and present to a new audience Conte's favorite “spiritual jazz" recordings from MPS Records' 1965--'75 catalog. Eight of these thirteen pieces came from albums released as part of the MPS label's mid-1970s “Jazz Meets the World" series ...

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Various Artists: MPS: 50 Years

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In 2018, MPS--Musik Produktion Schwarzwald--Records, Germany's first jazz label, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Pianist Oscar Peterson recorded the first release for MPS after his contract with Verve expired. Its catalog expanded to feature George Duke, Red Garland, Wolfgang Dauner, Horst Jankowski, George Shearing, Monty Alexander and many other pianists. Violin became the label's second most featured ...

MPS: 50 Years

Label: MPS
Released: 2018
Track listing: Blues for Liebestraum (Joe Henderson); Suspicious Child, Growing Up (Volker Kriegel); The Devil Made Me Write This Piece (Don Ellis); I Love You (The Oscar Peterson Trio); Running (China Moses); Au Right (George Duke); Little Lady (Elvin Jones Jazz Machine); Gleißende Helle (Erik Leuthäuser); O Astronauta (Baden Powell); Stina (Django Deluxe & NDR Bigband); Brown Skin Girl (Monty Alexander); Unfolding (Malia); Blues for Duane (Freddie Hubbard); Ode to Billy Joe (Joe Pass); Afro Black (Nicola Conte Spiritual Galaxy); Piano na Mangueira (Hamilton de Holanda); Sconsolato (Mark Murphy); Body and Soul (Rolf Kühn).

Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

Label: MPS
Released: 2018
Track listing: Maiden Voyage (The Third Wave); Evolution (Nathan Davis); A Day In Vienna (Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton); Yaad (Motihar Trio / Irene Schweizer Trio); Djerbi (George Gruntz); Never Let It End (Albert Mangelsdorff Quartet); Shelda (Smoke); Soledad De Murcia (Michael Naura Quartet); Timbales Calientes (The MPS Rhythm Combination & Brass); El Babaku (El Babaku); Revelation (Hannibal Peterson & The Sunrise Orchestra); Burungkaka Tua (Tony Scott & The Indonesian All-Stars); Raga Jeeva Swara (Dave Pike Set).

Let Your Light Shine On

Label: MPS
Released: 2018
Track listing: Uhuru Na Umoja; Ogun; Cosmic Peace; Universal Rhythm; Mystic Revelation Of The Gods; Let Your Light Shine On; Space Dimensions; Tribes From The Unknown; Me Do Wo; Essence Of The Sun; Love Power; Afro Black.

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Nicola Conte: Let Your Light Shine On

Read "Let Your Light Shine On" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But music is only one of many real good things this set has going on. Light is the first ...

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Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

Read "Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS" reviewed by Chris May

The description “spiritual jazz" means different things to different people. It was first applied to the predominantly African American style platformed by the Strata-East and Muse labels in the early and mid 1970s. The tag was not introduced until a decade later, and a better one would have been “cultural jazz," despite the tautology--for although every ...

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Alphonse Mouzon: In Search Of A Dream

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2018 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the distinguished German jazz label MPS. To mark the occasion, the label's catalogue of over 400 albums has been released on download, and a vinyl and CD remastering and reissue programme has begun. Alphonse Mouzon's In Search Of A Dream is among the first of these discs. ...

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Baden Powell: Tristeza on Guitar

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2018 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the German jazz label MPS. To mark the occasion, the label's catalogue of over 400 albums has been released on download, and a vinyl and CD reissue programme has begun. Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell's Tristeza on Guitar is among the first of these discs. Originally released in ...

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Nicola Conte: Let Your Light Shine On

Read "Let Your Light Shine On" reviewed by Chris May

Italian guitarist, bandleader, crate digger and DJ Nicola Conte's journeys into musics originating from beyond Europe—be they Brazilian, Hindustani, Latin American or African—sometimes carry a touch of the touristic about them, but his work is so transparently heartfelt that it never becomes a problem. It is also, always, superbly well crafted. Conte identifies Let Your Light ...


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