2007 five CD set, a great installment in Sony/BMG's Original Album Classics series that brings together rare and out of print titles with some best sellers from the Sony/BMG Jazz catalog. Many of these albums have been unavailable on CD for some time and are sought after by collectors…
Blonde barmaids, the lederhosen-clad short guy, beer, gags and marvellous views of Bavaria, an Italian, courting an uncomplicated German chick… This comedy contains all the essential elements of the genre, it's funny and cute.
From the notes:The first time Fritz Busch had conquered the concert stage in London had been on 4 November 1929, when he directed Brahms' Violin Concerto at the Queen's Hall, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and young prodigy Yehudi Menuhin. It is, however, strange to see that Fritz Busch recordings from London (apart from any recording sessions made in connection with the Glyndebourne Festival) date from only the short phase of 1934/36. Notes by Dr. Jürgen Schaarwächter, Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe, 2009
Released in 1974, Faces in Reflection was, in many ways, George Duke's third album as a leader for MPS. The first two, Solus and The Inner Source, were recorded separately but issued as a double-LP by SABA, which shortly thereafter ceased doing business and was folded into MPS. That said, there is little resemblance between the man who recorded his early albums like Save the Country, those aforementioned, and the seasoned studio experimentalist who cut Faces in Reflection. Duke's periods with Cannonball Adderley and Frank Zappa (the latter an ongoing relationship; it was Zappa who introduced Duke to the synthesizer) had taught him a ton musically and about working in the studio. The players here include Leon "Ndugu" Chancler and bassist John Heard.