It Came From the Black Forest: Germany’s MPS Label Looks to the Future and Celebrates Its Past

Europe’s love affair with jazz began with records. During the 1930s, members of the Hot Club de France insatiably collected whatever they could get their hands on, the sounds of which influenced a virtuoso Gypsy guitarist named Django Reinhardt to introduce Europe’s first jazz sub-genre. BBC radio broadcast jazz records throughout much of Western Europe.

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