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Michael Cuscuna: In The Vault Playing God

Read "Michael Cuscuna: In The Vault Playing God" reviewed by AAJ Staff

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in December 2000. Michael Cuscuna is one of the most important figures in the jazz reissue field today. He has been responsible for hundreds of releases for many companies, and he was fortunate to meet and befriend Alfred Lion during the final years of his life. He is an authority on Lion's life and work and on the recordings and history of the Blue Note label. ...



Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History

Read "Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

No one is more astonished by the longevity of Mosaic Records than Michael Cuscuna, the veteran record producer and one-time disc jockey who founded the label together with Charlie Lourie, a former clarinetist who worked in both jazz and classical contexts before becoming an executive at CBS records, Blue Note, and elsewhere. Arguably the premier reissue label in jazz, Mosaic Records issued the first of its limited edition box set recordings in 1983. Originally available through mail order only--at a ...



Michael Cuscuna of Mosaic Records

Read "Michael Cuscuna of Mosaic Records" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

This interview was originally published in July 2000. Founded in 1983, Mosaic Records continues to set the standards as one of the finest reissue companies on the scene. Their definitive boxed sets have culled the vaults of such labels as Blue Note, Pacific Jazz, Capitol, CBS, Verve, Roulette, Decca, Atlantic, and Reprise. Some of the artists to have been represented by these luxury sets have included Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Shorty Rogers, Bud Powell, Tina Brooks, Larry Young, ...


Record Label Profile

Mosaic Records

Read "Mosaic Records" reviewed by David Adler

Talking to Michael Cuscuna while Nelly's “Hot In Herre" plays on the jukebox is about as strange a dissonance as modern life has to offer. Cuscuna is the head of Mosaic Records and one of the most prolific reissue producers in the business. His work takes him deep inside the tape vaults, far away from the pop ephemera of the present. Since launching Mosaic in 1982 in partnership with the late Charlie Lourie , he has established the label as ...


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