166

Mosaic Sextet: Mosaic Sextet

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Mosaic Sextet: Mosaic Sextet
No doubt, the folks at “GM Recordings” have done a great service for modern jazz aficionados by reissuing one previously hard to find German import CD and another CD featuring previously unreleased material by a true cutting edge, band known as “The Mosaic Sextet”.

Fans of trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas, violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens should have something to get all worked up about, with this smartly packaged 2-CD set! Recorded between 1988-1990, this ensemble melded bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz’ jazzy lines with penetrating rhythmic underpinnings along with Douglas and Feldman’s rapid fire unison choruses and richly thematic cross-currents. Simply put, this unit was in a class of its own as they fabricated interweaving motifs brimming with hard boiled swing vamps, experimental harmonic and rhythmic patterns, modern/free-jazz exchanges and orchestral voicings. Otherwise, the band traverses through a series of tricky time signatures, lofty peaks, cavernous regions of sound and previously uncharted musical terrain. Subsequently, these musicians’ have garnered accolades and prominence within modern jazz circles. However, much of the music presented on these two CDs may have provided a spark for the respective instrumentalists continual development and willingness to take risks! Basically, the Mosaic Sextet is one of the year’s most important, and altogether essential offerings. Strongly recommended!

GM Recordings

Track Listing

Disc One: Mosaic, Gang Wars, Mr. Phinney, In Progress, Oskar, Superconductor, Drum Song, Trio for Sextet, Children'

Personnel

Dave Douglas; trumpet/composer: Michael Jefry Stevens; piano/composer: Mark Feldman

Album information

Title: Mosaic Sextet | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: GM Recordings

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Transformation
Glenn Close/Ted Nash
Special Edition: Procedural Language
Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp
Ever Since The World Ended
Lauren White and the Quinn Johnson Trio
Rah! Rah!
Claire Daly
Summer Water
Scott DuBois
Nox
Nate Wooley / Liudas Mockunas / Barry Guy /...
Phoenix
Vasko Atanasovski

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.