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“The history of jazz in one-bluesy-run descending blitz of notes that immediately follows the high C … It’s 12 seconds of heaven.”
“And then…space. That’s one of the most beautiful things about this solo: Armstrong’s use of space. “
“Hawkins floats lightly throughout this impassioned statement, with longer melodic phrases coming from the higher register.”
“Berigan explores his instrument’s full range, dropping to its lowest notes before reclaiming the high range for a grand climax.”
““Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Earl Hines, Art Tatum, Willie “The Lion” Smith and , of course, Fats Waller, knew about James P. Johnson.”
“And in the young Lester Young there can be heard the reinvention of the tenor saxophone as well the first recorded examples of a new vocabulary for jazz.”
“…and the closing choruses, which are themselves mostly left to the rhythm section, which is hotter than hot yet never breaks a sweat.”
“Lester Young would launch himself into improvisations with which each new chorus renewed themselves as if by magic”
“Chu Berry’s whirling dervish figures flying around Eldridge’s melody and Morton’s tailgate lines”
“…Coleman Hawkins is not only in superb form, but his rich tone was captured in all its complexity by the Victor engineers.”
“It was a fairly simple swing tune that in a classic three-minute recording by Lionel Hampton virtually gave birth to rhythm and blues.”
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Mosaic Records is an American jazz record company and label established in 1982 by Michael Cuscuna and Charlie Lourie. It produces limited-edition box sets that are available only by mail. The sets are leased from the major record companies, usually for a three- or five-year period, with the edition limited to a specific number of copies typically 5,000.