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Underrated Mosaic sets

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Listening right now to the Piano Moods set, which put me in mind of this topic. What sets do you think were/are worthy of more attention?

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It's been a very long time since the Mulligan/Baker Quartet set has been in print on CD (legit).

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Gerald Wilson

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Groovin' now to the Art Hodes set.  Very nice indeed.

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Oliver Nelson. That one has taken some flack but I love it !

Can I also suggest the Four Freshmen?  :unsure:

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Can I also suggest the Four Freshmen?  :unsure:

You may indeed!  I'm sorry I didn't think of it first!

Also, I never heard it, but I bet that the Charles Brown box deserves wider recognition.

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Gerald Wilson

Definitely.........and by association, the Carmell Jones Select.

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Talking about Selects: Onzy Matthews.

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Teddy Wilson.

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Harry James/Gene Krupa.

 

 

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I'm not sure how all these sets are "rated," but I've always loved the J.J. Johnson box. 

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The J.J. is very dear to me, too!

The Teddy Wilson also crossed my mind.

The Art Hodes ... I still hope to score it some day (get in touch if you have one to give away!)

Missed the "Piano Moods", but the "Master Jazz Piano" one is quite nice, too.

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Can I also suggest the Four Freshmen?  :unsure:

Do we actually have someone who likes this set? ;)

I'm usually into this kind of music but I find the Freshmen hard to take at length. The interaction of the voices is not as pleasing to me as it is in, say, the Hi-Los. That upper register is a bit harsh. However, I listen to all my music through a media centre these days and when the odd FF track pops up it can be very pleasing.

It doesn't surprise me that Kenton championed them -- he seemed to like music that tended towards the grating, even though it could be quite enjoyable. 

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The Freshman is good in small doses. I wasn't expecting a lot but found that I quite like it !

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Cool! That's pretty much the way I feel about it.

In any case, you can't say anything against this track:

 

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The Art Hodes ... I still hope to score it some day (get in touch if you have one to give away!)

I bought mine recently on Ebay from bluenotesound, and I think they have more to sell, so watch for it there.

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Gerald Wilson

Definitely.........and by association, the Carmell Jones Select.

Yes! The Gerald Wilson set is definitely one of my favorite Mosaics. I listen to it often -- particularly discs 1 & 2.

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Complete Edmund Hall / James P. Johnson / Sidney De Paris / Vic Dickenson Blue Note Recordings. Was trying for months to sell it on EBay for as low as $49 but there were no takers. I started listening to it again recently, and am really glad it didn't sell. I finally saw the light. A lot of it is just tremendous. 

Just noticed one one currently selling for $60 on eBay 

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Gerald Wilson

Definitely.........and by association, the Carmell Jones Select.

Yes! The Gerald Wilson set is definitely one of my favorite Mosaics. I listen to it often -- particularly discs 1 & 2.

I didn't know this set is underrated. Certainly not by me. I love this set also particulary discs 1 & 2. Latino is one of my favorite tracks of all time.

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The Horace Parlan set (as I’m revisiting it yet again).  Perhaps not “underrated,” but maybe even better than it’s given credit for? (Which is the same thing, I guess—although “underrated” usually carries a connotation of being overlooked.)

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Another vote for Carmell and Gerald here. Doesn't sound like they're particularly "underrated" though. ;)

Blue Mitchell is one that I don't hear much about and is one of my favorites.

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I love the Gerald Wilson box, but to me it all sounds the same.

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I didn't know that the Oliver Nelson set was under-rated. It took some flak? Anyway, nothing to apologize for there. It is superb material, and it's a set that one might not have thought to issue. The idea is excellent. It is easy to take Oliver for granted: "arranged by Oliver Nelson" is seen often. He had access to the best New York studio musicians and some, such as Danny Bank and Phil Woods, could be described as being in the Oliver Nelson Orchestra. 

A spin of CD1 from that set ought to drive away any opposition.

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