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While Mosaic never does wrong, this set is absolutely perfect. Three CDs of Andrew Hill, almost all of it previously unheard by the public. While these sessions probably sat in the vaults to lack of commercial viability at the time, they are every bit as good as Hill's contemporary Blue Note releases that have been released. Some of the lineups are chock full of heavy hitter sidemen- Sam Rivers, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, etc. Overall the set is a good indicator of the diversity of Hill's compositonal ideas in the late 60s. He is heard in large group settings, trio settings, and most amazingly working with a string quartet. I find the string quartet sessions to be the most remarkable on the set. - Customer Review
"A remarkable burst of creativity over a two week span. Of course the Chet Baker reunion is marvelous. The Vinnie Burke strings are a great complement to Mulligan. I have to admit I was a bit worried about it. To be honest, while I love Gerry, I really bought this set for the Annie Ross session. Just fantastic! Her version of "I Feel Pretty" was worth the price for me. Transcendent. - Customer Review
I've been purchasing Mosaic sets since the 90s and this is among my top five. Tyner's vision comes into focus on these sessions--powerful piano, extended modal songs, Eastern influences, and beautiful melodies. Remastering is top-notch as are the sidemen throughout. - Customer Review
This is such a great session. It is still so surprising that this lineup of the Messengers is overlooked and underrated. This lineup deserves to be heralded as one of Blakey's best alongside the Golson/Morgan/Timmons/Merritt '58 and the Shorter/Hubbard/Fuller/Walton/Merritt or Workman '61-'64 lineups. And, of course, this set has all of Mosaic's usual exemplary production hallmarks. - Customer Review
The mastering on this disc is fantastic. Excellent sonic clarity all around. That, combined with Lloyd's great sense of melody and forward-thinking songwriting make for a satifsying listening experience. Lloyd's cool and progressive style is a joy, and the interplay between all the band members is superb. Tony Williams was one of the funkiest jazz drummers around, too! Buy this and you will find yourself seeking out more Charles Lloyd. Not to be missed! - Customer Review
Duke Ellington - The Cosmic Scene (MCD-1001)Mosaic Singles
"Put simply, the nonet is tighter than Woodyard's drum heads." - Cam MIller, The American Rag
1 CD - $15.00
The whimsical title for this 1958 Ellington album comes from the launch of the first American satellite, not an intention to head in Sun Ra's direction. What makes this small group session unique is that it has a big sound to it. It features three soloists: Clark Terry on fluegelhorn, Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax and Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet. The rhythm section is Ellington, Jimmy Woode and Sam Woodyard. The larger ensemble feel is derived from adding Ellington's three trombonists in a strictly supportive, arranged role.
The repertoire is equal parts Ellingtonia and outside material. Arrangers Ellington and Hamilton fashion their own fresh, unique approach to classic material like Avalon and Ralph Burns' Early Autumn. The Ellington material ranges from Take The A Train and a boppish reworking of Perdido to new compositions like Jones and Spacemen. With the advent of the LP, the occasional Ellington small group session gave deserving soloists the room to stretch out. And none were more deserving in the 1958 band than Hamilton, Gonsalves and Terry, all of whom acquit themselves with remarkably consistent excellence throughout. Special mention must go to Paul Gonsalves' astonishing workout on Body And Soul, rivaled perhaps only by the famous Coleman Hawkins and Serge Chaloff versions. This version begins with a beautiful ballad statement, follow by three blistering choruses of invention during which the tenor man's ideas seem to snowball from one into the next, quoting Drumboogie, Peanut Vendor, Raymond Scott's Powerhouse and Hail To The Queen along the way. We've also included the previously unissued first take of this tune as well with a very different interpretation of the melody on the first chorus and another great solo.
Taped amid a flurry of extensive and important recording activity by the full orchestra in 1958-59, The Cosmic Scene was released only in monaural and received with little notice. For this long overdue reissue, we returned to the three-track masters, beautifully recorded at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studio by Fred Plaut to construct a stereo master of the album plus alternate takes of Jones, issued at the time as a single and Body And Soul.
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"Great record, beautiful sound, tons of swing!! Does anybody need anything else? Another great Mosaic record!"
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