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September 7, 2015


Sonny Rollins on the bridge

Crossing The Bridge: The Return Of Sonny Rollins

In 1961 saxophonist Sonny Rollins returned from a two-year sabbatical, forming new musical alliances as he plunged into a shifting and vibrant jazz landscape.

October 8, 2014


The cover of Charlie Haden's Montreal Tapes trio album with Geri Allen and Paul Motian.

Ramblin’ Man: Charlie Haden

A tribute to the late bassist, whose career encompassed the avant-garde, spirituals, noir movie themes, pastoral ballads, and straightahead jazz.

December 30, 2013


The LP cover for Andrew Hill's Blue Note album BLACK FIRE.

1963: A Man’s Dream, A Nation’s Nightmare

It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times

July 23, 2012


Getz 1961

1961: New Jazz Frontier

It was 1961, and America had a new, young president...the Cold War turned up a notch…and jazz continued to evolve in ear-opening ways.

April 26, 2012


Trumpeter Don Cherry

Communion: Don Cherry In The 1960s

In the 1960s cornetist Don Cherry, who had to come to fame as a member of Ornette Coleman’s quartet, began to forge his own musical path.

June 14, 2011


Ella Fitzgerald

Chick Webb And Ella Fitzgerald Mosaic Set On The Way

A hard-swinging big band paired with a jazz legend in the making.

May 15, 2010


Sam Rivers at Studio Rivbea

Sam Rivers Mosaic Set This November

Mosaic Records will release a set of Rivers' 1970s New York City jazz loft recordings this autumn.

November 9, 2009


Eric Dolphy bio

Dolphy ’64

Eric Dolphy's last year was one of his greatest as a musician.

October 19, 2009


jazz in transition

Before Rock, There Was Jazz: Tom Wilson And Transition Records

Tom Wilson, who produced some of the 1960s' most monumental rock records, started out in the 1950s by recording jazz artists such as Sun Ra on his own label.

October 8, 2009



John Zorn: Tradition And Transgression

A new book takes an in-depth look at the sources and inspirations behind the music of avant-garde artist John Zorn.

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