MPS - Jazzin' The Black Forest

The film "MPS - Jazzin' The Black Forest" presents the story of the jazz label MPS (Music Production Schwarzwald) from the perspective of Kathrin Brunner-Schwer and her uncle Hans-Georg Brunner-Schwer, the founder of the label. "I have never heard such a brilliant recording of my work ever! Now my piano sounds as I always hear it, when I play!" exclaimed the great Oscar Peterson in 1968 after listening to his latest recording. His enthusiastic outbreak marked the beginning of a recording era, which profoundly impressed and influenced the entire international music scene. The small MPS label, operating in a small town in the little known Schwarzwald region of Germany, soon ranked prominently among recording studios. It stood and still stands for a unique recording technology, which was often copied but in the hands of others never yielded the quality of the original MPS recordings. Brunner-Schwer’s recording wizardry drew musicians from the entire field of jazz-influenced music to the studio in Villingen, among them such stars as Oscar Peterson, Eugen Cicero, Monty Alexander, Eroll Garner, Nelson Riddle, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Friedrich Gulda, George Shearing, The Singers unlimited and, and, and....


Elke Baur


Elke Baur
Kathrin Brunner-Schwer


Elke Baur, Tiger TV GmbH (Allemagne)
Broadcast AV GmbH (Allemagne)


Theres Scherer-Kollbrunner

Year of production: 

Jazzfest Berlin 2005
Solothurner Filmtage 2006
Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2006
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 01/2007


documentary 90'
distribution Switzerland: Frenetic Films, Zurich
Sales DVD: Monitorpop, Berlin

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