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Sal Mosca Quartet: You Go to My Head

Read "You Go to My Head" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Along with the saxophonists Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh and guitarist Billy Bauer, pianist Sal Mosca was among the first wave of musicians to construct a personal style within the school of Lennie Tristano--in general a simultaneous commitment to the velocity of bop, the smoothly liquid lines of Lester Young and a linear exploration of harmony that expands on both. While he first recorded with Konitz in 1949, Mosca largely devoted himself to teaching, so that by the time of ...

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Sal Mosca: Thing-Ah-Majig

Read "Thing-Ah-Majig" reviewed by Brandt Reiter

Often referred to as Lennie Tristano's prime pupil, 78-year-old Sal Mosca has spent the greater part of the last half-century teaching rather than performing or recording, so any new disc by the low-profile pianist is immediately something of an event. Thing-Ah-Majig, recorded in 2004 and especially noteworthy as Mosca's first trio recording since 1959, does not disappoint.The program is what you'd expect from a Tristano disciple: five warhorse standards (plus one Mosca original, the leisurely “Nowhere ), picked ...

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Sal Mosca: Thing-Ah-Majig

Read "Thing-Ah-Majig" reviewed by Derek Taylor

School spirit can sometimes be a liability in jazz, a genre where individuality remains a paramount attribute. Critics lumped drummer Shelly Manne in with the Cool clique early on, even though his flexibility in taste and technique embraced a host of styles from swing to hard bop to early free. Similarly, allegiance to one's mentors, while admirable, occasionally carries peripheral costs of association. Sal Mosca knows these predicaments all too well. As one of Lennie Tristano's most prodigious pupils, and ...

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Sal Mosca

Read "Sal Mosca" reviewed by Elliott Simon

At the age of 12, pianist Sal Mosca was sitting on the curb on a hot summer day with some friends. He felt a cool breeze come at him and his next thought was that he wanted to take piano lessons. He acted on that impulse and began a journey that has thus far spanned seven decades. Along the way he has released influential solo and group recordings, had a recording label devoted to his music and played a major ...


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