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Mosaic Original recording remastered

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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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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000E1IGAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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By jjn on March 19, 2001
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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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I was told that Wayne Shorter played some of his best on this album. I can't say that's true because I don't hear enough of him, but the album is prime Blakey from his most fertile era. Alfred Lion believed in letting the performers perform, which is why these albums are so enduring.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2004
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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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