Nicola Conte curates Compilation "Cosmic Forest - The Spiritual Sounds of MPS" for MPS Records (Release: 21 September 2018 MPS Records)

“Cosmic Forest” takes us on a spiritual journey through the musical universe of Musik Produktion Schwarzwald (Black Forest Music Production), the most important German jazz label of the 1960’s and 70’s. Alongside such younger firms as ECM, Enja, and ACT, its catalogue of around 500 albums remains to this day one of the most interesting, comprehensive, multi-textured collections of “jazz made in Germany”. German businessman Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer (HGBS), owner of the German electronics company SABA in Villingen/ Schwenningen, founded a record company in 1965 under the same name and equipped it with its own recording studio. Three years later he renamed the company MPS. The exceptional recording equipment and premium-quality record pressings, which were usually made in editions of 500 to 1000 LPs, are to this day regarded as “state of the art”. Consequently, SABA/MPS remains one of the most important jazz labels for both vinyl collectors and fans.

Nicola Conte - © Mariagrazia Giove
There are still little-known gems to discover within the MPS catalogue. For instance, Cosmic Forest curated by Nicola Conte. Cosmic Forest is a compilation that highlights some of the most compelling “spiritual jazz” recordings from 1965 to 1975. Conte, a world-renowned Italian musician and producer, as well as a passionate DJ and record collector, is a connoisseur of European jazz with an astounding ability to dig a little deeper when it comes to arranging such a compilation. In this case, he concentrated on the spiritual highpoints of the MPS catalogue, highlighting both well-known and obscure musical treasures, while connecting disparate pieces through a personal common thread. The choice of individual titles and the flowing character of their arrangement lend the album a quality of timelessness, while showcasing the breadth of the entire “cosmic jazz collection” within the MPS archives.

01. The Third Wave – Maiden Voyage (Here And Now)
02. Nathan Davis – Evolution (Happy Girl)
03. Dexter Gordon / Slide Hampton – A Day In Vienna ( A Day In Copenhagen)
04. VA Jazz Meets India – Yaad (Jazz Meets India)
05. George Gruntz – Djerbi (Noon In Tunisia)
06. Albert Mangelsdorff Quartett – Never Let It End (Never Let It End)
07. Smoke – Shelda (Everything)
08. Michael Naura Quartett - Soledad De Murcia (Call)
09. MPS Rhythm Combination & Brass – Timbales Calientes (My Kind Of Sunshine)
10. El Babaku – El Babaku (Live At Jazz Gallerie)
11. Hannibal & Sunrise Orchestra – Revelation (Hannibal)
12. Tony Scott & The Indonesian Allstars – Burungkaka Tua (Djanger Bali)
13. Dave Pike Set - Raga Jeeva Swara (Infra-Red)
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