Mosaic

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This is the one that started it: Mosaic, recorded in 1961, was the first recording of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers as a sextet, a setting he kept from 1961-1964. The band's front line was trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, trombonist Curtis Fuller, and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter; Cedar Walton played piano and Jymie Merritt a criminally underappreciated talent was the bassist. Everything on this set was written by the musicians in the band. Walton wrote the burning title track; its blazing tempo and Eastern modes were uncharacteristic of the Jazz Messengers sound, but it swings like mad. Hubbard contributed two pieces to the album, the first of which is the groover "Down Under,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This is the one that started it: Mosaic, recorded in 1961, was the first recording of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers as a sextet, a setting he kept from 1961-1964. The band's front line was trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, trombonist Curtis Fuller, and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter; Cedar Walton played piano and Jymie Merritt a criminally underappreciated talent was the bassist. Everything on this set was written by the musicians in the band. Walton wrote the burning title track; its blazing tempo and Eastern modes were uncharacteristic of the Jazz Messengers sound, but it swings like mad. Hubbard contributed two pieces to the album, the first of which is the groover "Down Under," with its blues gospel feel. The bandmembers dig their teeth into this one, carrying the blues theme to the breaking point as Hubbard fills in between. But the horn charts are so sharp, so utterly devoid of excess, that they won't let the listener go. Shorter's "Children of the Night" is a fine example of the tunes he would compose for the Miles Davis Quintet a bit later. While it's a hard bop swinger to be sure, his use of modality and counterpoint between the soloist and the front line is exemplary and his solo bites hard and fast as he tears up and down the registers of the horn. Fuller's "Arabia" is a basic blues groover, and the playing is inspired throughout. The disc closes with Hubbard's "Crisis," which opens with Merritt and Blakey ushering in the rest of the band. Walton first plays a repetitive minor-key riff. When the horns enter, Walton keeps the theme, Merritt moves over a bit to dig in between the lines, and Blakey keeps it all anchored because in this tune rhythm is everything. Hubbard was in many ways a soul-jazz composer before there was such a thing, and the motifs in this tune prove it -- as does his beautiful blowing in his solo. This is a fine recording and should be owned by any Blakey fan. The Rudy Van Gelder reissue came out in 2006 and features no bonus material. The sound, as on all the Van Gelder reissues, is painstakingly wonderful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094633776920
  • Catalog Number: 37769
  • Sales rank: 24,397

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mosaic (8:13)
  2. 2 Down Under - The Jazz Messengers (5:29)
  3. 3 Children of the Night - The Jazz Messengers (8:51)
  4. 4 Arabia - The Jazz Messengers (9:10)
  5. 5 Crisis - The Jazz Messengers (8:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Art Blakey Indexed Contributor, Drums
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Cedar Walton Piano
Jymie Merritt Bass, Piano
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Micaela Boland Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Remastering
Alfred Lion Producer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best By Blakey

    Don't be fooled by the hype - 'Moanin'' is very good, but this is Blakey's best - best band (Shorter, Hubbard, Fuller front line), best compositions, best playing. Great hard bop that swings, catchy tunes, overall outstanding. You will want to listen to it again and again. Also recommended for Freddie Hubbard fans.

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