Sonic Temples

COMPOSERS: Ran Blake Trio
LABELS: GM Recordings
PERFORMER: Ran Blake Trio
CATALOGUE NO: GM 3046

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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.

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Blake’s allusive discourse gains verve and immediacy in the context of a piano-bass-drums trio setting throughout Sonic Temples, but that doesn’t mean you have to concentrate any less.