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Oscar Peterson in the Black Forest

In the 1960s, Oscar Peterson went to a small village in the Black Forest to record. Oscar considered the albums he made while there to be among his best.

On April 5th, 2012, Matthias Brunner-Schwer and Freidhelm Schulz traveled from Germany to present these recordings and candid shots of Oscar to a Canadian audience for the first time

It was Matthias' father, the owner of the fabled German jazz label MPS, that invited the Canadian jazz icon to Germany. He was a great supporter of jazz and organized private jazz concerts at his house. In the following years, Oscar returned to the Black Forest several times. The private visits turned into a professional relationship in 1969, when he signed a three-year contract with the MPS-label. Previously, the private concerts at the Brunner-Schwer-Villa in Villingen had also been recorded, though these records were not released until 1969.

After Matthias and Fridhelm's presentation the Dave Young Trio performed some of Oscar's repertoire.

Right here we are presenting an interview that Ross Porter did with Matthias and Freidhelm cut with the music of the Dave Young Trio.

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