COMPOSERS: Carmell Jones
LABELS: Mosaic Select
PERFORMER: Carmell Jones
CATALOGUE NO: MS-002
Mosaic Records was launched in 1983 as the first company devoted exclusively to reissuing jazz recordings in limited-edition boxed sets. Each usually encompassed a specific body of work, such as Thelonious Monk’s complete Blue Note output, Duke Ellingtonrecordings for Capitol, Dean Benedetti’s private Charlie Parker stash and so forth.
The firm celebrates its 20th anniversary by inaugurating Mosaic Select, a series of two- and three-disc collections that focus on significant yet relatively neglected work by a broad range of jazz luminaries.
Best known for his work on Horace Silver’s Song for my Father, trumpeter Carmell Jones is blessed with a fluent technique and an open-hearted lyricism that distinguish a number of sessions he either led or co-led for the Pacific Jazz label.
Small group sessions frame this release (featuring one date entirely given over to revamped folksongs), with the second disc showcasing standards served up in tasty arrangements by Gerald Wilson.