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Mosaic [Original recording remastered]

Art Blakey, Art Blakey and the Jazz MessengersAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000E1IGAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mosaic is a 1961 jazz album released by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers on Blue Note Records. It was the first album recorded by one of the most critically acclaimed Jazz Messengers lineups: Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Cur

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great group's best album August 23, 1998
Format:Audio CD
A list of Jazz Messengers alumni reads like a jazz Hall of Fame; Wynton Marsalis played With Art Blakey's group in 1980. In the Messengers' 35+ years of existence, this is arguably its finest incarnation and their most exciting album. Saxophonist Wayne Shorter, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, trombonist Curtis Fuller, and Pianist Cedar Walton provide both distinctive compositions and emotional solos. Since the group has three horns, the two who aren't soloing are playing as an ensemble in the background giving the group a small 'big band' feel. Drummer Art never takes a self-indulgent solo; he is a solid, consistent presence. What sets this collection apart from others is the music. Each selection stands alone as a superior piece of writing that has been covered many times since this release. This recording was made in 1963 just before the individuals set out on their own respective roads.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Messengers October 14, 2008
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This is one of the most soulful, driving recordings I have ever heard, bar none. I first owned a copy of Mosaic upon being mercifully turned on to it by a couple of hip peers back in 1981. I went looking for it again recently upon having a jazz revival of sorts, and was thrilled to see it being offered in CD reissue. Folks, this is epic music not only in terms of Art Blakey and his many personnel configurations through time but in terms of the history of jazz music itself in America. Everyone should own a copy of this album at some point to hear the sheer propulsion, emotional penetration, waterfalling chords, bountiful melodic content, utterly towering musical abilities of the sidemen as well as Buhaina (Blakey) himself, and the overall presence of soul in this recording. The first reviewer must have had cotton swabs in his ears. This set of Messengers with the legendary Wayne Shorter of Weather Report, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (Red Clay), Cedar Walton and Curtis Fuller is as good a jazz group as can be found anywhere in the history of the art and this particular musical session was one of Blakey's finest. Get it and enjoy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for all jazz collections and drummers. November 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you are just starting your jazz collection or you are a drummer looking for some new inspiration among the stale rock radio crowd, then getting Art Blakey's MOSAIC would be a good place to start. This is one in a series of tremendous albums Blakey did for Blue Note in the late 50's and early to mid 60's. And of all of his albums, this is one of the five essentials-not only for jazz collectors, but anyone who claims to have a well-rounded view of music.
MOSAIC provides ample inspiration for the drummer-check out his four minute drum solo in the title track; it's great. Blakey seemed to have a sixth sense for knowing just when and where to place the beat. He knew where to throw in a little low tom or some ride cymbal etc. Plus, he's proof that more drums don't make you a better drummer. The guy usually played with a four piece or, at most, five piece kit.
Listen to the beautiful piano intro with Art's steady cymbal work in "Down Under" -awesome! And then the horns kick in. Wow. THIS is some of the best jazz I've ever heard. In Ken Burns' film JAZZ, Blakey was quoted as saying that if his band didn't have the audience tapping their feet or nodding their heads they were doing something wrong. No complaints here. This tune is one of the high points of the album. The same goes for "Children of the Night" which contains AMAZINGLY gorgeous horn harmonies over an infectious piano vamp.
"Arabia" does indeed sound middle-eastern with the melodic horn line. And "Crisis" begins with a beautiful bass line which is then joined by Art and the pianist. Just great horn harmonies again. This album is such a treat to listen to. I recommend it highly along with BUHAINA'S DELIGHT, MOANIN, and MEET YOU AT THE JAZZ CORNER OF THE WORLD (LIVE).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard, hard bop May 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album deserves five stars. This is the hardest, meanest hard bop band ever, period. If you enjoyed 'Free for All' arguably the best hard bop album, you will love this one too. The same hard swinging, in your face, hard bop jazz is found here. Blakey' solo on Mosaic is worth the price of admission. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 hornmen! March 19, 2001
By jjn
Format:Audio CD
A hard bop and Blakey classic. With the addition of Curtis Fuller on trombone to the already all-star horn line-up of Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, the sound is even more full and lush than usual. Compositons as well the solos are well constructed. FH,WS, and CF all have great solos on pretty tough material. Blakey is his usual hard swinging self capping off another great session. This cd has it all! Trumpet, tenor Sax and trombone. You can't go wrong here. Another wonderful production by University of Blakey!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Father Who Art Blakey January 20, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant! If I was being exiled to another planet and could only bring a couple of CD's with me, it would be this one (along with Andrew Hill's POINT OF DEPARTURE and Coltrane's A LOVE SUPREME). I haven't been always partial to Art Blakey's recordings, but this album is one of my all time favorites of all the jazz in my collection. The combination of the three horns and Art Blakey's indestructible big beat sound is not to be missed. This is what jazz should be. I am hoping that this eventually becomes part of the Rudy Van Gelder Edition Blue Note Series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great Messengers album, Art is smokin'
Published 2 months ago by Bowker
5.0 out of 5 stars Messengers On Fire
Classic Messengers from the fertile 6tet period with Wayne , Freddie, Cedar, etc.
A must have.... "Crisis" is a standout.
Published 11 months ago by Rob Scheps
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stark Change Of Pace!
With Art Blakey heralding this next great line-up for his college of musical
knowledge, we get to hear Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, the great trombonist
Curtis Fuller... Read more
Published 18 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Presenting The Same Canvas With A New Set Of Colors
It would be hard pressed for any musician to have the privilege to play with the people of the caliber Art Blakey had in Jazz Messengers when he recorded Moanin'. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars First Intro to Jazz Messengers, Fan For Life
I was first introduced to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers with this album (after wondering what else the horn players on Coltrane's BLLUE TRAIN did), so I picked this up as an LP... Read more
Published on July 5, 2012 by C.B. Derrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Recorded in the early 1950's, yet still sounds futuristic
I have only recently developed an interest in this period of American jazz. So, this is gut reaction of a new convert to this wonderful music. Read more
Published on November 24, 2009 by silversurf
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Music, Terrible Sound Quality
When are Blue Note going to realise they are custodians of some of the finest music ever recorded and treat it with the respect it deserves instead of peddling ever more perverse... Read more
Published on March 22, 2009 by Well Red
4.0 out of 5 stars generous offering
a generous offering by art blakey. the six selections are written by four of the sidemen. the way blakey plays he can afford to be generous, his solo on mosaic, the title track, is... Read more
Published on July 4, 2007 by Case Quarter
4.0 out of 5 stars Seeds of a masterpiece by a fantastic group
This is the most recent reissue of "Mosaic," the first album by what is arguably the greatest edition of Art Blakey's jazz messengers. Read more
Published on March 4, 2006 by Michael Hardin
5.0 out of 5 stars %^*#&$%^!!!!
This is one of my favorite jazz ablums. Unless you only like avant-garde jazz you will probably enjoy it.
Published on February 29, 2004
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