KURT EDELHAGEN was one of the most important big band leaders of the 1950s and 1960s. Many people know Edelhagen from his “commercial recordings” with Caterina Valente or his contribution to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Munich 1972. Recordings from the archives of the WDR prove beyond doubt that Kurt Edelhagen was a sublime jazz big band leader. Never released until now, we have selected, restored and remastered a total of 205 minutes of exquisite music, filling three CD boxes. It is the best Edelhagen and his band produced in the years between 1957 and 1974. Musicians featured include: Maynard Ferguson, Philly Joe Jones, Mark Murphy, Toots Thielemans, Jiggs Whigham, Kenny Wheeler, Karl Drewo and many more.