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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
The Complete Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker (#129)Mosaic Records Limited Edition Box Set
“A major discovery in the world of art"- Wayne Thompson, The Oregonian
7 CDs - $112.00
The story behind the myth begins in March of '47.
Bird took an extended gig at the Hi-De-Ho in Los Angeles with Howard McGhee, Hampton Hawes, Addison Farmer and Roy Porter. Bird was healthy, having just come out of Camarillo State Hospital, and he was at the peak of his powers. When a saxophone player/amateur recordist named Dean Benedetti heard him, he was awestruck. Benedetti approached Bird and asked for permission to run a disc recorder during the sets. Bird agreed, and Benedetti began! To preserve disc space, Benedetti would start the machine when Bird was soloing, and stop the machine as soon as the solo was over. Benedetti used a mike, placed right in front of Bird's instrument, and except for Bird and the bass directly behind him, little else was captured on disc.
Using this technique, Benedetti recorded nearly four hours of concentrated Bird solos over a two-week period, with the sound varying from quite poor to fairly good. Bird's musical ideas, however, are never less than brilliant.
On to New York.
Later in '47, Bird returned to New York, and Benedetti followed. This time, however, Benedetti had an early model tape recorder. He taped Bird one night at the Onyx and another at the Three Deuces (where in one segment, we hear Monk coming out of the audience to teach Bird how to play "Straight, No Chaser"). The quality of the New York recordings is quite good, and they account for fully half of this collection.
These are the Benedetti recordings in their entirety, and after 40 years of rumor, speculation and debate, they are at last available to the world.
Everything is transferred directly from the original discs and tapes by legendary engineer Jack Towers and coproducer Phil Schaap. The 48-page booklet includes musical transcriptions by Benedetti and others, essays by Phil Schaap on Parker's life during this period, a biography of Dean Benedetti by Bob Porter, a musical analysis by Parker authority James Patrick, and Phil Schaap's complete annotated discography of all the music in the set.
This set is our first Mosaic Unlimited release. Since we own, rather than lease, the rights to these recordings, we are not restricted in any way as to the number of sets we can make available.
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“Fellow pilgrims, the quest for the legendary Dean Benedetti collection has ended. Presented on these 7 CDs, this collection is not for dilettantes. To those, however, who understand and appreciate Parker as a genius, I can unreservedly recommend it.” – Ira Gitler, Jazz Times
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In the age of microsizing, every Mosaic Records Box Set booklet is still 11 x 11 inches to allow our customers to appreciate all the extras we put into printing them (and for easier reading).
Everything is transferred directly from the original discs and tapes by legendary engineer Jack Towers and coproducer Phil Schaap.
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This 48 page large booklet contains many great photos of Bird from the personal collection of Jimmy Knepper and Rick Benedetti as well as photogoraghs courtesy of the Frank Driggs collection.
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"The Dial recordings can be called Parker's bible. No doubt about it. The Benedetti recordings are perhaps the Dead Sea Scrolls."
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