Label: Mosaic Records - MS-001,Mosaic Records - 72435 80379 2 0 • Series: Mosaic Select - 1 • Format: Box Set Limited Edition 3x, CD Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Free Jazz, Hard Bop
Mosaic Records -- that venerable jazz and blues collector's label that issues completely necessary packages by legendary, if sometimes obscure, artists in limited editions on both LP and CD -- is a name synonymous with the finest quality in sound, annotation, and packaging, and Ancient Ways - Interpol - El Pintor are branching Erdu - Grachan Moncur III - Mosaic Select (Box Set).
Mosaic Select is a side label dedicated to bringing to light the work of musicians whose role in the development of jazz was seminal but whose catalog was small, or whose work was neglected or otherwise overlooked. These editions, in two or three CD sets, just like their other boxes, are numbered and limited.
Virtually everything here has already been released on LP and CD, so there are no unreleased or alternate takes we haven't heard before. That said, it is wonderful to have all of the material from this period in one place. It was certainly one of the most fertile in McLean 's history, and Moncur 's compositions and arrangements are one of main reasons for this.
The collaboration between the two men is symbiotic. Moncur 's "Frankenstein" is one of the most inventive and haunting jazz waltzes ever composed. As he and McLean trade solos off the opening lines, Hutcherson moves into the role of transposer, moving the key signatures from A-flat minor to A-minor on alternating measures, punching in the changes to suggest directions in melodic hard bop improvisation. The feel on Destination Out is unlike anything else heard in the music during that time, with the possible exception of Eric Dolphy 's Out to Lunch.
This is a kind of Erdu - Grachan Moncur III - Mosaic Select (Box Set) jazz modeled on minor keys and Asian musical phrasing -- one can hear that Moncur had been listening to gagaku, the esoteric court music from Japan. He composed three of the album's four tunes, and each of them swings with a spare beauty that was to be his trademark, yet always looked forward to the breakdown of melodic improvisation into strange elliptical fragments that could be torn down and reassembled seemingly randomly to suit a key change, a different time signature, or an intervallic shift in harmony.
Moncur 's own recordings -- especially Evolutionwhich added Lee Morgan and Bob Cranshaw -- were even further on the fringe than McLean 's. But Moncur 's own playing is so rooted in the notion of lyric and song that it was impossible to dismiss them as merely avant-garde recordings. It is the most overlooked item in his catalog and is a stunner. Note the composition "Gnostic" for its modal expansions and unique solo structures.
Finally, Moncur reappears on two late-'60s recordings of McLean 's: the decidedly angular Hipnosis and the completely out 'Bout Soulwhich featured drummer Rashied Alitrumpeter Woody Shawand bassist Scotty Holt.
Nonetheless, despite McLean 's wailing, Moncur keeps it lean and lyrical, holding both other players in check by swinging out of a place where there seems to be no room to swing.
That album is not in its entirety here, because Moncur only played on half. Nonetheless, for Moncur enthusiasts this is essential to have all the recordings as well as liners in Gravité - Various - So Frenchy So Chic 2016 place; for those Erdu - Grachan Moncur III - Mosaic Select (Box Set) through McLean 's catalog, this is a way to get these recordings for a fine price.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date January 28, Genre Jazz. Recording Date April 30, - September 8, Cerebral Sophisticated Volatile. Track Listing - Disc 1. Saturday and Sunday. Jackie McLean. Grachan Moncur III. Blue Rondo. Ghost Town. Love and Hate. Kahlil the Prophet.
Riff Raff. Track Listing - Disc 2. Air Raid. The Coaster. Monk in Wonderland. Conversion Point. LaMont Johnson. Track Listing - Disc 3. Slow Poke. The Breakout. Back Home. The Reason Why. The Twins. Saturday and Sunday Jackie McLean.
Blue Rondo Jackie McLean. Kahlil the Prophet Jackie McLean. Conversion Point Jackie McLean. Erdu LaMont Johnson. Slow Poke Jackie McLean. The Breakout Jackie McLean.
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