The Mosaic thread: news and opinions

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by J.A.W., Apr 26, 2017.

  1. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident

    There is a car repair place here that will bundle any on-line purchases you wish to make (such as Amazon or Mosaic) and list the charges under "Labor". This helps with guys whose wife keeps track of all purchases. For guys who cannot get such items delivered to their house, you can pick it up at the auto service shop. The easiest thing to do is cover a box set under "Diagnostics" and just do an oil change. If you get asked at home, you say "it turned out there was nothing wrong"
     
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  2. Maximum Volumizer

    Maximum Volumizer New Member

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    You know, Jazz Listeners could probably keep Mosaic a float just using the patreon system. There is enough out there and this is something that isn't considered. But a subscription basis to revive the business. There is enough of the community for this label to pay its bills & to make a profit. Labels like Mosaic need to stop being so insular. People will support art if you address it concisely what the dilemma is. Especially with distributing legendary jazz names that Mosaic provided back to the public.
     
  3. jhw59

    jhw59 Forum Resident

    Is it April 1st? Spouse: Another Oil change????
     
  4. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Yeah, thats always good advice. Deceive the spouse.
     
  5. Maximum Volumizer

    Maximum Volumizer New Member

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    Maine,USA
    How much is the estimate to run something like Mosaic? My god, think of all the people who would subscribe and act as executive producers on future Mosaic Projects. You could have 50 angel donors probably cover the costs of Mosaic and then some. Then you have all the small amount donors who could probably keep the
    label somewhat lucrative.


    Mosaic needs to go streaming eventually or they will die. That's where we are in the 21st century. FYI streaming quality is only going to get better. I would challenge any audiophile to a blind hearing contest, digital vs hard copy. You aren't spiderman with the ears & you will lose. Mathematicians have clearly won on the algorithims of streaming, where science fiction becomes reality.
    Streaming in 20 years, they will recreate a hologram vinyl or cd player, you will never know the difference unless you are prompted. The Future in Audio always is resisted. Leave the resistance and join the Streaming Revolution. We welcome you.:goodie: :ed:
     
  6. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    Still happy to be single :agree:
     
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  7. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident

    Well my wife has no problems with my buying habits (which include about 14 Mosaic sets in the last 2 months plus a lot more), but many of my music friends are not allowed to buy anything
     
  8. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    Would never accept that and could be reason for me to file for divorce. Sheesh...
     
  9. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Let me get off my high horse and be honest. I see dudes on here from time to time nearly taking pride in hiding music purchases from a gf or wife. It certainly took the enjoyment out of my guitar practice when I bought an expensive Martin and hid it in the closet thinking somehow Id fool her. First off, I was very young and stupid. But secondly, women are never fooled. It backfired and that guitar eventually got sold. I never did that again. Trust is one of the biggies for a woman. As it should be.

    I wouldnt enjoy listening to my Mosaic set very much after lieing to the person who is suppose to be trusting me. Bad juju.

    Sorry dont mean to point a finger at you. Ive seen many say the same.

    Just my experience.

    And no thats not right that a partner isnt allowed to buy anything. That should be addressed. But lies and deceit isnt the way to address it imo.
     
  10. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    Great post, and I agree, lying is the stupidest thing to do, especially in a relationship - well, and adultery, of course, but that's a different subject. Mutual trust is everything.

    Oops, this getting way off topic :)
     
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  11. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Yes sir, it is. Back to topic :thumbsup:

    Now, how can I sneak into Hans' home and secretly listen to all his Mosaics? :D

    ;)
     
  12. teag

    teag Forum Resident

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    I have the Getz and Loius and they are fantastic sounding.
     
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  13. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    No chance :)
     
  14. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    At least youre honest :laugh:
     
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  15. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident

    Most of these friends do not lie. They just borrow stuff from me. I usually have a dozen boxsets out at one time, sometimes a hundred LPs.
     
  16. Todd Fredericks

    Todd Fredericks Senior Member

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    Long live Mosaic! I'm listening to some records right now from their old, wonderful Jack Teagarden set. Such incredible special releases over the years.
     
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  17. bhasenstab

    bhasenstab Forum Resident

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    May I ask, by that do you mean a formal box set, like #103, or the three-disc Boogie Woogie and Blues Piano Select set?
     
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  18. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer

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  19. Tribute

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    I once did an eyeball scan of the complete list of Mosaic titles, and it appeared that in their early years well over 50% of the titles were sourced from Blue Note. In recent years, it has fallen to close to zero. There was not a loss of customers for Blue Note artists, rather there was a large increase. It just seems like the corporate owners of Blue Note refused to license or made the price too damn high. This factor must have really hurt Mosaic.

    It is too bad that the owners of Prestige won't license. Despite the large number of reissues they have done, there is still so much more, especially retrospective boxes (which Prestige totally gave up on years ago). I would love to see a Mosaic box on the collected works of Gene Ammons (speaking of his Dad above)
     
  20. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    EMI, who owned Blue Note of course, also owned half of Mosaic (don't know what the current situation is), so I don't think it would have been in their interest to hurt Mosaic that way. Maybe Michael Cuscuna found the Blue Note material that hadn't been released yet on Mosaic not interesting enough, both artistically and financially.

    The owners of Prestige (Concord) do license - Chad Kassem's Acoustic Sounds have released and are releasing several Prestige albums on their Analogue Productions label, in their ongoing hybrid SACD series. They are remastered by Kevin Gray. I have no idea what Mosaic's position is with regard to Prestige recordings, i.e. whether they would be interested or not.
     
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  21. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Yeah, I think we arent connecting on what we are talking about. Its cool. Back to topic.
     
  22. Tribute

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    The licences in recent years probably cost quite a bit for that over priced audiophile market.
     
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  23. kagan

    kagan Well-Known Member

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    From an interview of Michael Cuscuna in 2009:
    Q: What kinds of things are you working on for the ongoing Blue Note reissue series and are there still opportunities to find rare, valuable unreleased material or have those opportunites been exhausted?

    MC: The Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder series will continue to revisit more Blue Note classics. But the Blue Note vault is tapped out of releasable unissued material. That’s why we started what we call internally the discovery series, looking to outside sources for new discoveries. And we hit with a megaton bang starting it off with the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall. Charles Mingus At Cornell, and Horace Silver at Newport 1958 followed. We have a killer Freddie Hubbard album Without a Song – Live in Europe coming in June. Freddie was thrilled with this music – he told me he thought it was some of his best playing ever captured on tape. He was going to do a lot of press for it but alas… We are working on material by Andrew Hill and Wes Montgomery next.

    The Independent Ear | Interview: Evolution of a Record Man – Michael Cuscuna
     
  24. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    That confirms what I posted earlier. I knew I had read it somewhere, but I keep forgetting to check the interview you and others linked. Getting old...
     
  25. kagan

    kagan Well-Known Member

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    Beats the alternative...
     

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