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  • richardmitnick 12:07 PM on March 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Mosaic Records: ” Mosaic Records Open House” 

    Mosaic is a truly important resource

    For the first time in our 35-year history, we are having an open house on March 22 to 25 at our Stamford, Connecticut headquarters. We are in the process of sorting out and assembling a number of Mosaic collectibles (no lists are yet compiled or available). Items will include.

    OUT OF PRINT CD SETS

    PARTIAL SETS

    TEST PRESSINGS

    OUT OF PRINT MOSAIC BOOKLETS

    MOSAIC SLICKS SUITABLE FOR FRAMING

    FRAMED PHOTOS & JAZZ ART

    AND OTHER RARETIES & COLLECTIBLES

    ALL AT SPECIAL PRICES.

    FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.

    CASH, CHECKS, CREDIT CARDS AND PAYPAL ARE ACCEPTABLE.

    DATES & HOURS:

    Thursday March 22 & Friday March 23 from 11 am to 6 pm

    Saturday March 24 & Sunday March 25 from 11 am to 5 pm

    LOCATION:

    Mosaic Records

    425 Fairfield Avenue

    Stamford CT 06902

    (off I-95 exit 6)

    Directions available upon request


    For new music by living composers
    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz
    WPRB

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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    Stem Education Coalition

     
  • richardmitnick 11:09 AM on March 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Mosaic: “Back In Stock!” 

    Mosaic is a truly important resource

    Back In Stock!

    Blue Note Stanley Turrentine
    Quintet & Sextet Sessions

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    The Six Blue Note Dates
    Are In A Class By Themselves

    “Stanley Turrentine had a sound. Until his death in 2000, he was the master of a tenor saxophone tone that demanded attention from the first note. A throwback to the brawny tenor stylists of the swing era – Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, Don Byas – as well as the funky R & B players of the late ’40s and ’50s. Turrentine took no prisoners, no matter the tempo.” – Steve Futterman, Washington Post.

    Running Low!

    Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions
    (1934-41)

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    He Was The King. She Was The Queen
    And This Was Their Reign

    “If the old New Orleans drummers had given jazz its first pulse, it was Chick Webb who gave the music its first taste of raw, sovereign power from the drum chair. After years in the shadows, the drums suddenly pushed front and center with the big swing bands. But even before swing took the national stage, Webb had become the first great drummer-bandleader to saturate a spotlight with star power and charisma.” – John McDonough.

    Eddie Condon & Bud Freeman
    Complete Commodore & Decca Sessions

    From Chicago To New York, They Brought The Party.

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    This collection of mostly bracing and upbeat music celebrates two rugged individualists of jazz and their like-minded circle of friends… – Dan Morgenstern , liner notes

    So much more. Please visit the web site.


    For new music by living composers
    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz
    WPRB

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm
    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

     
  • richardmitnick 12:35 PM on November 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Mosaic Records: Basie, Rich, More 

    Mosaic is a a truly important resource

    Highlights for November 2011. There is much more here at the web page.

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    Complete Clef, Mercury and Verve Studio Recordings of Count Basie and his Orchestra (1952-1957)
    (#229- MD-CD) 8 CD Limited Edition Collection – $136

    “‘An eight-disc reissue shows that the transformation Basie and his new band underwent was subtle and gradual. When the box begins, in 1951, Count (1904-84) had just reunited his band for a one-shot tour with the singer Billy Eckstine.

    This group sounded much more like the rough-and-ready edition of the 1940s than the slick machine of the 1960s. That’s partly because many of the players were the same. The rhythm section of Basie, guitarist Freddie Green, and drummer Gus Johnson was intact. Several of the early band’s chief arrangers, including Buck Clayton and Buster Harding, were still contributing new works to the library.

    The Count also maintained his trademark innovation of two contrasting tenor saxophone soloists, though the original team of Lester Young and Herschel Evans had been replaced with Paul “The Vice-Pres” Quinichette and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. By 1953, the latter two would be followed by Frank Wess and Frank Foster, who along with singer Joe Williams would help define the 1950s version of the Basie band. ‘ – Will Friedwald, New York Sun”

    “When Count Basie reformed his big band in the 1950s, he managed to become entirely new by sticking with what had made him great from the start. And in the process, Basie achieved some of the most extraordinary success of his career.

    From his beginnings in the 1930s, Basie was doing something different. His band had always been about how the arrangements forced you to listen to the improvising. Financial problems forced Basie to disband the group, but by 1952 he was ready to give it another go. With a new breed of players in the 1950s, and the period’s most accomplished arrangers doing the writing, Basie re-invented himself.

    By now, top arrangers knew how to write to accentuate the most distinctive elements of the Basie sound – brevity, call and response, and lilting melodies that balanced on the precipice of syncopation. Basie loved the crowd-pleasing effect of dramatic dynamics, so his writers used it liberally, though you never felt you were being walloped just for the effect.

    He employed the era’s best composers and arrangers, and they left their mark not only on the orchestra but on musical history as well. They included Ralph Burns, Wild Bill Davis, Frank Foster, Freddie Green, Thad Jones, Johnny Mandel, Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins and the amazing Neal Hefti.

    A new breed of soloists became stand-outs in what was known as “The New Testament” band. Names such as Joe Newman, Ernie Wilkins, Paul Quinichette, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Joe Wilder, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, and Sonny Payne became known during their tenure with Basie. Guest stars included Al Hibbler, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, and Oscar Peterson.

    Another name that became a household word thanks to his association with Count Basie is the inimitable Joe Williams. ‘Everyday I Have the Blues,”‘ All Right, Okay, You Win,” and “Smack Dab in the Middle” weren’t just jazz sensations, they were huge hits. Instrumental hits included “Shiny Stockings” and “April in Paris”.

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    Buddy Rich: Classic Argo, Emarcy and Verve Small Group Sessions
    Mosaic Records (#232) $119

    “With all the international fame and his musical legacy, it’s amazing that there was never a major retrospective on CD. This limited edition collection is a complete look at Rich when he was, without question, a top star. The seven-CDs features studio dates and live performances from 1953 to 1961 in quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, and octet settings – plus, an 11-piece orchestra. A few tracks only issued in Japan.

    There are delightful surprises from a sea of known talents that include Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Benny Carter, Thad Jones, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, and more:
    • A 1954 session includes inspired playing by Harry “Sweets” Edison.
    • Webster’s and Peterson’s presence on a 1955 date with borrowed Basie-ites; Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Frank Wess, and Freddie Green, make for exciting listening.
    • The ‘orchestra’ assembled in 1956 includes two sets of great Basie tunes with a all-star band featuring Frank Rosolino, Pete Candoli, Buddy Collete, Jimmy Rowles, and others.
    • A highlight of the set is a 1957 quartet with fabulous blowing by Flip Phillips.

    Buddy Rich created a sound that is unmistakable, set standards that were unshakable, and achieved a level of stardom rare in any style of music. Rarely will you find such agility and power, simultaneously.”

     
  • richardmitnick 9:31 AM on October 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    New Mosaic Records Release Jazz Icons Series 5… 

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    New Mosaic Records Release
    Jazz Icons Series 5

    Six Stunning Historically Significant Performances
    Jazz Icons 6 DVD Box Set – $99.98

    Available Exclusively From Mosaic Records
    Reserve Your Copy Today!

    Michael Cuscuna Tells us:

    “In the 28 years since Mosaic’s first release, life has been interesting, to say the least, and had its share of surprises. But this year, we were presented with one that I never saw coming. David Peck and Tom Gulotta from Reelin’ In The Years, who introduced their amazing Jazz Icons DVD line in 2003, called us up and asked us to collaborate with them on their fifth release in the series.
    When Tom told me that they were thinking about the 1965 Antibes concerts by the John Coltrane Quartet that included the only public performances of “Ascension” and “A Love Supreme” and a little known 1969 color program of Thelonious Monk alone and free-associating in a Paris TV studio, I said sign us up!
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    The Thelonious Monk performance is astounding. Just Monk, a grand piano and two cameras – no audience, no sidemen, no emcee, no clock-watching stage manager, no set list, no distractions. The result was an astonishingly intimate and revealing portrait of a man and his music. Monk sits at the piano and plays whatever occurs to him.
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    Art Blakey was a wonder to behold live. He shaped and colored each tune from the drum stool and when he hit fifth gear in the final chorus of each solo, it was as organically exciting as music can be. I saw dozens of incarnations of the Messengers over the decades. And Art’s power, dynamics and thunderous swing were as exciting in 1989 as they were in 1963.

    When I was about 14 years old, I wrote Roland Kirk a fan latter. After a return letter from Roland’s wife, I began going down to see him at the Five Spot on St. Marks Place and spend afternoons in his Central Park West apartment. As much as I treasured those afternoon tutorials with his impressive record collection, it was the nights at The Five Spot that are burned into my mind. Every set he played was an adventure for him as well as the audience.

    And then there are masters Freddie Hubbard and Johnny Griffin at the top of their game…..I could go on.”

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    Michael Cuscuna

    Visit Mosaic’s page for the full story.

    Mosaic is Your Source For Exclusive Jazz Collections

     
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