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MPS Records to Reissue Catalog Highlights

The German label offers albums from its 1968-1983 heyday, including recordings by Ella Fitzgerald and Freddie Hubbard, on CD and vinyl

Ella Fitzgerald's Sunshine of Your Love, released by MPS in 1969
Ella Fitzgerald’s Sunshine of Your Love, released by MPS in 1969

Germany’s MPS Records, which issued jazz records from 1968 to 1983 and had a reputation for high-quality recordings, will see key pieces from its catalog reissued on CD and limited-edition vinyl beginning tomorrow, June 16.

Edel Music AG, the German media company that currently owns the MPS masters, has partnered with the New York-based Bob Frank Entertainment to rerelease a series of classic recordings from the iconic label.

The June 16 (i.e., first) batch of new releases comprises Ella Fitzgerald’s Sunshine of Your Love and Freddie Hubbard’s The Hub of Hubbard, originally issued in 1969 and 1970, respectively. Fitzgerald’s album, a mix of old and then-new standards, finds her accompanied by a Tommy Flanagan-led orchestra on one side and the pianist’s trio with bassist Frank de la Rosa and drummer Ed Thigpen on the other. The Hubbard album—all standards except for the trumpeter’s own “Blues for Duane”—features an impressive quintet with Eddie Daniels on tenor saxophone, Sir Roland Hanna on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums.

The Oscar Peterson Trio’s 1971 collaboration with the Singers Unlimited, In Tune, is among the next MPS reissues on deck, along with Bill Evans’ Symbiosis (1974) and Joe Henderson’s Mirror Mirror (1980); the latter disc was recently named one of the 10 best jazz albums of the 1980s in JazzTimes’ Top 50 Jazz Albums of the Past 50 Years feature celebrating the magazine’s 50th anniversary.

Other reissues will include albums by Dizzy Gillespie; George Duke; Dexter Gordon with Slide Hampton; Don Ellis; Lee Konitz with Martial Solal; Rolf Kuhn; the Count Basie Orchestra; Dave Pike; Monty Alexander, Baden Powell, and others.

Visit the MPS website for more information.