MPS // Part 1: Festival Season on MPS - Live and Festival recordings (Release Date: June 3rd, 2016)

Dear Media Partners,

to get off to a good start of this years festival season we want to spotlight the live recordings of MPS Records catalogue. The first part will be released this friday. Enjoy a summer full of music!

The Monty Alexander Trio Montreux Alexander Live! At The Montreux Festival
The universally acclaimed Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander was a mainstay in the MPS recording stables. He seasoned the virtuosity of an Oscar Peterson, with whom he is often compared, with a dash of spicy Caribbean soul. This 1976 live recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival rates as one of the classic piano trio jazz albums. It is Monty's first recording with what is generally accepted as his best working trio: bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton.

Lee Konitz & Martial Solal Live At The Berlin Jazz Days 1980
A duo album of the highest caliber! US Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz's career encompasses the beginnings of bebop, the Birth of the Cool, mainstream as well as the Avant-garde. Konitz has recorded with virtually every major modern jazz figure of the last 60 years, including Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, and Brad Mehldau. French pianist Martial Solal has been a major musical voice since the 1950's. The two have had a rich musical relationship since the 1960's. This live 1980 album was conceived in part as a "Lennie Tristano Memorial". Lee's studies and playing experience with the iconoclastic pianist left an indelible imprint on the saxophonist's concept, and Solal is the perfect partner for the project.

Karl Berger / Woodstock Workshop Orchestra Live At The Donaueschingen Music Festival
German vibraphonist-pianist/composer Karl Berger's collaborations with Don Cherry and Carla Bley catapulted him into the front echelon of the 1960's jazz Avant-garde. Lauded for his work as educator and a proselytizer of the integration of world music into jazz, his Creative Music Studio (CMS) in Woodstock, New York became a center for both established and aspiring musicians of the new music. Its advisory board included Ornette Coleman, John Cage, and Gil Evans. The Woodstock Workshop Orchestra grew out of the CMS, with jazz giants trumpeter Don Cherry, trombonist George Lewis, percussionist Trilok Gurtu, saxophonists Lee Konitz and Oliver Lake, and violinist Leroy Jenkins orchestra members on this 1979 live recording.

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