In 1966 Hans Georg Brunner Schwer and his team had been in San Francisco. One evening after having finished a recording they strolled over to a club called the Jazz Workshop. Les McCann was supposed to be playing, but this particular day was his day off. Instead, a 20 year old pianist, still involved in his studies, was performing with his quartet. The music’s freshness so enthralled the German that he set up a recording session on the spot. This encounter between George Duke and Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer in sunny California was both accidental and noteworthy. It turned out to be the jazzy prologue to future events: five years later the American began his fusion-infused sessions for the man from Germany’s Black Forest. These sessions are the theme of this box set with its seven LPs. Some 45 years after their initial releases, these albums still count as a fascinating and essential part of George Duke’s life’s-work and canon of the genre. All seven LPs are available as copies of the master tapes by Georg Brunner-Schwer, the man who founded the SABA company as well as the MPS recording studio.
Georg Brunner-Schwer and Oscar Peterson