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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Wow! This was originally released on April 1, 1997 -- more than 20 years ago! I purchased it soon after it was released. I am getting old. The music is great.
  2. Apple Music/Spotify/Tidal

    I can see your point about the cost/benefit concerning adding additional formats to titles that probably don't sell well at all. However, with respect to newer titles and new re-issues of catalog material, I don't see cost and infrastructure being an obstacle -- storage is cheap and if we have enough bandwith to stream Netflix we certainly have enough to easily download an album. Bandcamp offers many newly released titles and catalog titles in MP3/AAC and full redbook cd resolution that are also available on iTunes/Amazon in MP3/AAC format only. For instance, Pi Recordings has placed almost the entirety of its catalog on Bandcamp. When the physical product runs out, it probably will not be reprinted due to the economics. It makes sense to make that material available for download in full resolution for those still interested in purchasing. I wish Bandcamp had access to material from more labels. It my opinion it is the best platform available presently. I understand that downloading is losing share and in a few years will probably be a "niche." After Apple launched Apple Music, there were rumors that Apple plans eventually to eliminate downloading altogether. If a cd is not manufactured of material that I am interested in, I would like to have the option of downloading a full resolution file. I know that some cannot hear the difference and that sound quality is a controversial topic. However, as many have been pointed out on the board, material available for streaming is being leased and is subject to being withdrawn and made unavailable. Also, if I have a full resolution file that I own, I can always convert that file into a lossy file that takes up less space if needed. A lossy file cannot be upconverted into a full resolution file.
  3. Apple Music/Spotify/Tidal

    With respect to downloading, I do not understand why Apple, Amazon, etc. do not give the purchaser a choice of format -- e.g. Flac, ALAC, WAV, AAC, or MP3 (in various bitrates) -- like Bandcamp does. I download rarely, but I would do so more often if some of the titles that I am interested in were available as full resolution files. I can understand a label not reissuing a OOP obscure title in physical format, but I do not understand why that label would only make the title available as a download in a lossy format. With respect to streaming, I use YouTube to sample, but rarely use Spotify or any other streaming service. I feel guilty doing any streaming due to the fact that the artists get paid so very little from the streaming arrangements.
  4. Now reading...

    Thanks erwbol. I am always looking for interesting science/technology non-fiction. I just finished I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong; I liked it. I generally only read one book at a time and usually alternate between fiction and non-fiction. The Dennett looks interesting for my next non-fiction selection. Can anyone recommend a well-written mystery novel published in the last five to seven years? The last mystery novel I read was Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley.
  5. Now reading...

    How was this one?
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Very underrated, but excellent.
  7. Update To The Mosaic Records Community View this email with images Add to Address Book Forward To A Friend Dear Mosaic Friend, In this time and place, the Mosaic business model is becoming harder and harder to sustain in this rapidly changing world. We aren't sure what the future will hold for us, but we want to let all of you know how much we appreciate that your support has allowed us to constantly make our dreams come true with set after set and that we intend to persevere. The way we operate may change but our mandate remains steadfast. Charlie Lourie and I started Mosaic Records in 1982 and our first releases were in 1983. The company was almost an afterthought. The idea of definitive boxed sets of complete recordings by jazz masters at a crucial time in their careers was a small part of a proposal that we made to Capitol Records in 1982 to relaunch the Blue Note label. Even before Capitol turned us down, it occurred to me one night that the release of these boxed sets could be a business unto itself if we made them deluxe, hand-numbered limited editions sold directly to the public. Our first release was The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious Monk, which came about because I'd found about 25 minutes of excellent unissued Monk on Blue Note. It was too short for an album and I was obsessed with how to get this music released. . It then dawned on me that all of this important material needed to be retransferred and assembled in chronological order as a significant historic document. I solved my problem of releasing those 25 minutes of Monk music and Mosaic Records was born. We had a wonderful run of projects. The Tina Brooks, Herbie Nichols, Serge Chaloff, Count Basie and Nat Cole sets were among those that were especially near and dear to our hearts. Charlie was my best friend and working together was a joy. Mosaic was slow getting started and it took a few years before we could even draw a meager salary. I remember during those lean years worrying if we could afford to put out a Tina Brooks set. Charlie looked at me in amazement. "Isn't that why we started this thing - to do what's important without anyone telling us no?!" He only had to say it once. In 1989, we moved out of Charlie's basement and into our own facility. Scott Wenzel joined us in 1987. We added employees as the business grew. We started issuing sets on CD as well as LP and eventually had our own website. We lost Charlie to scleroderma on December 31, 2000. We managed to keep the tone and spirit of the company up to the level that Charlie created and continued to put out thoroughly researched vital sets of importance in jazz history. But in the early 2000s, the record business began to shrink and morph for a variety of reasons and we were forced to downsize our staff, move to smaller quarters and reduce the flow of sets. We've always tried to be diligent about warning you when sets were running low so you wouldn't miss out on titles that you wanted. But at this point, some sets which are temporarily out of stock may not be pressed again. We are not certain how Mosaic Records will continue going forward or how many more sets we will be able to create and release. We've got a lot of great plans but few resources. Scott and I want to thank every single person who has supported us, made suggestions, given advice and shown us such love and affection. If you are thinking about acquiring a certain set, now's the time. - - Michael Cuscuna Thank you for your support. Sincerely, All of us at | email: | 203-327-7111 You have received this email because you provided your email address to a UMG artist or label mailing list This email was sent to by Mosaic Records. List Manager, Mosaic Records. 425 Fairfield Ave., Stamford, CT 06902 Unsubscribe | Update Profile | View Privacy Policy
  8. Happy 80th Birthday Ron Carter.

    Etudes is one of my favorites as well.
  9. Mosaic is also competing against the likes of this set, which is available at Amazon for under $20.00, including US shipping. It has significant overlap with the Mosaic MJQ set, which costs about $130.00, including US shipping.
  10. J.D. Allen

    New one on the way in June. A quartet, including the trio w/ Liberty Ellman.