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Label Watch: TCB

Peter Schmidlin

Peter Schmidlin started TCB records back in 1988 with a motherlode of material. Schmidlin, you see, is a drummer who, for 11 years prior to forming his record company, gigged with the house band at a Zurich radio station that featured live jazz concerts every week. Cats such as Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Cannonball Adderley, Quincy Jones, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers were featured and taped, with Schmidlin later deciding to press these tapes onto exclusive recordings for the rest of us to enjoy.

That was the genesis for the label, and the Swiss radio concerts are the hottest sellers for Schmidlin today-a label that also features mainstream, contemporary, world, and swing music in its catalog.

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